Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus
Friday, 10 April 2020 Pope Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Friday to pray at a "Passion of the Lord" service commemorating Jesus' last hours of life and his crucifixion, an event scaled down by coronavirus restrictions.
Pope Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Friday (April 10) to pray at a scaled-down "Passion of the Lord" service commemorating Jesus' last hours of life and his crucifixion.
Francis implored God for national reconciliation and peace. He called the death of George Floyd tragic, and said he was praying for him and all those who had been killed as a result of the "sin of racism".
Pope Francis presided at an outdoor prayer service in the Vatican on Saturday, with about 130 people in attendance. According to Reuters, it was the largest gathering there in nearly three months. Most wore masks except for when they led prayers at the microphone. Francis, 83, sat several meters away from most people during most of the service. He did not wear a mask. The Pope prayed that the Madonna would touch the consciences of world leaders to divert arms expenditures to pandemic research.
Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica on Monday, as elsewhere Romans enjoyed drinking a morning cappuccino and eating fresh croissants in public as the country continued to reopen.
The Vatican has started to disinfect St Peter's Basilica as it prepares to welcome worshippers back for masses from May 18. It is not yet known when Pope Francis will next preside over mass in person, although the pontiff has been live-streaming masses since March. The Vatican has confirmed 12 cases of Covid-19 among its residents and staff.
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