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Pope Francis will give his traditional Easter Sunday blessing "Urbi et Orbi" inside a desperately empty St. Peter's Basilica due to a coronavirus pandemic. It will take place without the acclaim of the 70,000 faithful who came last year to listen and greet him in the open air.
It is on the immense Saint-Pierre square in Rome, crowded with people, that Pope Francis usually presides over Easter Mass where he gives his traditional blessing "Urbi et Orbi". It is the most important liturgical moment in the Christian tradition, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.
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But this year, due to, Pope Francis will respect, on Sunday, April 12, the strict confinement ordered in Italy and in Vatican City. He will stay in Saint Peter's Basilica surrounded by a tiny group of celebrants, the faithful can follow him on Mondovision or on the Internet.
, underlined the pope in a homily pronounced Saturday evening in the basilica, on the eve of Easter, stressing that this feast constitutes "an announcement of hope ".
"All will be well, we say tenaciously in these weeks, clinging to the beauty of our humanity and raising words of encouragement from the heart. But, with the passing days and the growing fears, even the the most daring hope can evaporate, "he noted during the Easter Vigil. However "we can and we must hope", despite "sad days".
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Easter celebrations, which usually coincide with a massive arrival of tourists in Rome, have for several years been the subject of a huge anti-terrorist security system. This year, in completely empty streets, the police were responsible for carrying out reinforced controls to dissuade the Romans from going to the air by spreading the coronavirus.
In Jerusalem, for the first time in more than a century, the Holy Sepulcher - considered the holiest place in Christianity - will be closed to the public during the entire Easter weekend in Israel. An Easter mass will also be celebrated there without an audience.
Confessions by car in order to avoid contamination
The Catholic Church seems to have largely applied the instructions prohibiting religious gatherings, sometimes competing in imagination.
Catholic priests from Acapulco, a famous port and seaside resort in southern Mexico, proposed Holy Thursday to the faithful to confess without getting out of their car, in order to avoid contamination.
In a handful of American states, certain Protestant churches have on the other hand called for collective prayer gatherings at the approach of Easter, ignoring the cautions.
And in Bulgaria, the Orthodox churches will be open for Easter celebrations, which are held a week apart from Catholics and Protestants. Both the clergy and the government refused to impose strict confinement on the faithful. The spokesman of the Bulgarian Synod, Metropolitan Gavraïl, assured that "faith protects" and that "infection cannot be transmitted in a church".
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