Pope Francis has used streaming to keep in touch with his parishioners, amid the strict measures that have been taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Pontiff appeared this Wednesday, March 11 on the Vatican YouTube channel to make the first virtual general audience. He was accompanied by ten people: two assistants from the Pontifical House and the readers in the different languages, widely separated from each other. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice because they will be satisfied,” said the Holy Father in the catechesis and at the end of the meeting, he dedicated a few words to “the sick and all those who suffer uncertainty from their own illness.” The Pope also referred to “all hospital pers onnel, who are on the side of suffering people” and “to all Christians and to all men and women of goodwill who pray at this time, regardless of tradition religious to which they belong. ”
Regularly, general hearings are held in St. Peter’s Square and attract tens of thousands of people, according to Reuters. The mass at seven in the morning (local time) on Wednesday, was also celebrated via streaming. The Spanish newspaper ABC explained that “most of the Vatican employees remain absent, and access to the different dining rooms has even been suspended to avoid encounters with people.” Italy is the country most affected by the coronavirus in the world, after China. , with some 631 deaths and 10,149 confirmed cases.
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