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Pope Francis livestreams Sunday prayers amid Italy's coronavirus outbreak


Added 03-08-20 10:18:01am EST - “Pope Francis livestreamed his prayers to giant screens in St. Peter's Square on Sunday ?" breaking centuries of tradition because of Italy's deadly spread of the novel coronavirus. The 8?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Pope Francis livestreams Sunday prayers amid Italy’s coronavirus outbreak”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Pope Francis livestreamed his prayers to giant screens in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday — breaking centuries of tradition because of Italy’s deadly spread of the novel coronavirus.

The 83-year-old pope — who tested negative for COVID-19 after suffering from a cold — appeared for a few seconds at a Vatican palazzo window to wave to the small crowd gathered in Saint Peter’s Square.

But he made no comments from the window, with his traditional Angelus Prayer and blessings for the first time ever being streamed onto large screens in the square, broadcast live from the Vatican’s apostolic library.

Francis said he felt “caged” as he delivered his blessings in a way authorities hoped would keep away large crowds during the outbreak that has seen 233 deaths and 6,000 cases in Italy, Agence France-Presse reported.

“I am close through prayer with the people who suffer from the current coronavirus epidemic,” the pope said in his message, AFP said.

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