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Pope marks 'Easter of solitude' in virus lockdown

Pope marks 'Easter of solitude' in virus lockdown

Pope Francis prayed for tens of thousands of coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.The 83-year-old pontiff spoke softly at a ceremony attended by just a hand

Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

Church doors will be shut and the Vatican sealed off when Pope Francis leads 1.3 billion Catholics in Easter Sunday celebrations held under a worldwide coronavirus lockdown.Fear and confusion in the face of a disease whose toll has unrelentingly climbed toward

Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter's Square crowds.The Vatican is abandoning centuries of tradition and refraining from public celebrations of th

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith."Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our citi

Pope prays at Great Plague church as Italy toll mounts

Pope prays at Great Plague church as Italy toll mounts

Pope Francis left Vatican City on Sunday to pray in a Rome cathedral for coronavirus victims as Italy's death toll hit a one-day high of 368.The 83-year-old pontiff's unannounced visit to a church with a crucifix from the times of the Great Plague came with

Some Rome churches reopen after angry pope steps in

Some Rome churches reopen after angry pope steps in

Some of Rome's Catholic churches reopened Friday after Pope Francis voiced displeasure with the Italian authorities' push to shut them because of the coronavirus pandemic.The rare standoff between the 83-year-old pontiff and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's