Powerful image shows: Pope Francis praying alone in St. Peter's Square

Powerful image shows: Pope Francis praying alone in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis praying :

As a sign of the times, today Pope Francis offers a special “Urbi and Obi” blessing to the footsteps of St. Peter’s Basilica to a completely empty Vatican City.

Although such occasions often attract large numbers of people from all over the world, Italy is in the midst of a national blockade and many people are being isolated at home during a corona virus pandemic. Therefore, the Vatican and Pope Francis did not meet in person, but broadcast live blessings, encouraging “everyone to participate spiritually through communication means.”

Traditionally, Pope Francis offered gifts only at celebrations such as Christmas and Easter Sunday. At this time, he chose to send “Ulby and Obi” blessings to pray for strength and end the corona virus. According to the New York Times, to date, more than 500,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 26,000 people have died worldwide.

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Although such occasions often attract large numbers of people from all over the world, Italy is in the midst of a national blockade and many people are being isolated at home during a corona virus pandemic. Therefore, the Vatican and Pope Francis did not meet in person, but broadcast live blessings, encouraging “everyone to participate spiritually through communication means.”

Traditionally, Pope Francis offered gifts only at celebrations such as Christmas and Easter Sunday. At this time, he chose to send “Ulby and Obi” blessings to pray for strength and end the corona virus. According to the New York Times, to date, more than 500,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 26,000 people have died worldwide.

Although many places are isolated and closed, there are ways to explore popular destinations at home. The Vatican Museums offer free virtual tours, such as views of the Sistine Chapel, including the famous painted ceilings. North America’s largest Roman Catholic church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception National Shrine in Washington DC, also offers a 360 ° virtual tour on its website.

In addition, the Pope is providing daily public coverage through live broadcasts and is taking Twitter to pray during the growing public health crisis.

 

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