On March 13 but 2013 in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican it was announced to the world that the new Pope would be the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The Argentine-born Jesuit priest would thus become the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and the first in Latin America.
Seven years after such an important event, the celebrations could not be more inconceivable: Italy is in the midst of the worst coronavirus epidemic outside of China, its stores, schools and even churches are closed due to the crisis that has already spread. to more than 15,000 patients with COVID-19 and which adds up to more than 1,000 deaths.
With the temples closed, public squares and even, the funeral masses canceled throughout Italy until April 3 -at least- and in front of a stunning St. Peter's Square completely empty and closed to tourism, the Supreme Pontiff has been left with no more Remedy to go back to celebrate mass through streaming to get your message to the faithful.
"These days we join the sick, the families suffering from this pandemic," exclaimed the Holy Father in his message transmitted by Facebook, "drastic measures are not always good," he said, expressing his dismay at what happens in the world.
St. Peter's Square, in the Vatican, was closed to tourism for a couple of days:
"I would also like to pray today for the pastors who must accompany the people of God in this crisis: that the Lord give them the strength and also the ability to choose the best means to help," continued the pope, asking for strength for the thousands of doctors, nurses and other health workers fighting day and night against the evil that emerged in late December in Wuhan, China.
The Vatican ensures that services will continue to be offered to the homeless people that haunt the area, as well as free lunches traditionally offered to those in need.
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