Pope Francis broke with centuries of tradition by livestreaming Easter Sunday mass to those who suffer from the loneliness of the coronaviruses lockdown that forced Catholics around the world to improvise on the holiest day.
The 83-yr-old Pontiff spoke to 1.3 billion Catholics around the world from an empty St. Peter’s Basilica in a ceremony attended by only a handful of priests and a small choir scattered across the marble floor.
The pandemic outside the Vatican’s closed doors has killed more than 109,000 people and left billions in their homes.
The pope’s message was livestreamed for the first time around the world, something again that illustrates how coronavirus has effected the world, but hopefully not for much longer.
“May Christ enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”
“In light of the present circumstances, may international sanctions be relaxed, since these make it difficult for countries on which they have been imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens,” Pope Francis said.
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