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Pope Francis will break with centuries-old tradition this year and Livestream Easter Sunday mass. Pope Francis by live streaming Easter Sunday mass to allow the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to celebrate their holiest Easter Sunday under coronavirus lockdown. As per reports, the pope's messages to the devotees on Saint Peter's Square have been replaced by prayers that he reads into a camera from the isolation.
Francis had entered an empty Vatican square for a torch-lit Good Friday procession. It had taken place around the Roman Colosseum in the presence of at least 20,000 faithful for more than 50 years.
As Rome and the rest of Italy have been living under lockdown since early March due to the COVID19 pandemic, Pope Francis has decided to Livestream the Easter Sunday prayers. The pope’s virtual prayers are just the most vivid example of religious improvisation in the age of social distancing and confinement. The faithful have already followed his advice and found Livestream a creative solution
His Easter Sunday Mass and Urbi et Orbi blessing drew 70,000 to Saint Peter’s Square last year. But this year due to lockdown imposed due to Coronavirus Vatican’s entrance is also sealed off by armed police wearing facemasks. Amid all it Pope has decided to Livestream Easter Sunday prayers.
Francis himself has been tested twice for COVID-19 since the end of February. In recent weeks he told the Catholic newspapers that people across the world could try to spiritually escape their confinement through introspection. Though he has invited five nurses and doctors to accompany him for the Good Friday processions in order to highlight their profession’s sacrifices over the past month.
On another hand, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has also urged the faithful not to kiss the cross. Westminster Abbey in London is following the technological trend by releasing Easter podcasts for the faithful of the Anglican Church.
France’s Roman Catholic shrine in the south-western town of Lourdes began relaying nine consecutive days of prayers on Sunday by Facebook Live and YouTube.
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