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Vatican Easter services to take place ‘without the Faithful’

The Vatican has announced that it is highly likely that Holy Week celebrations in Rome will take place without the physical presence of the Faithful, in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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.

The statement by the Vatican also revealed that, until April 12, the General Audiences and the Angelus presided over by the Pope Francis will be available only in live streaming on the official Vatican News website in order to ‘reach the Faithful all over the world.’

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Director of Vatican Communications, Matteo Bruni, confirmed that all the celebrations of Holy week were ‘confirmed’ but how these celebrations will be conducted and who will participate in them is currently ‘under study,’ given the security measures in force and the fact that the situation is in continual evolution.

As soon as these things are decided, he continued, they will be communicated.

He then repeated that however the celebrations will be conducted, they will be transmitted live via radio and television, and live streamed through Vatican News.

On Saturday, the Holy See Press Office issued the following statement: “Faced with the situation that has arisen because of the coronavirus, Pope Francis has decided that the Holy Mass he celebrates in Santa Marta at 7am every morning, will continue to be broadcast live next week.”

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