COVID-19: Vatican Holy Week celebrations without public participation

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Palm Sunday, St Peter’s Square, 2019. (Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY — The Prefecture of the Papal Household made the announcement on its website, announcing that, “because of the current global public health emergency, all the Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful.

Furthermore, this Prefecture informs that until 12 April the General Audiences and the Angelus presided over by the Holy Father will be available only in live streaming on the official Vatican News website”.

Pope’s Daily Mass, Angelus and Audience
On Saturday, the Holy See Press Office issued the following statement: “Faced with the situation that has arisen because of the coronavirus, the Holy Father has decided that the Holy Mass he celebrates in Santa Marta at 7.00 am every morning, will continue to be broadcast live next week”.

“In order to comply with the rules imposing a ban on gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus”, continues the statement, “the Holy Father’s Sunday Angelus prayer and General Audience on Wednesday 18 March will be broadcast live on television, as well as on the Vatican News website, and the images will be distributed by Vatican Media to the media that request them, so as to reach the faithful all over the world”.

Vatican News

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