Weeks Before Easter, Lockdown Empties St. Peter’s Square; Forces Pope Francis’ Angelus Back Online

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Pope Francis’ public events have been in constant fluctuation since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

For example, from Christmas 2020 until early February 2021, he was forced to live-stream his Sunday Angelus prayer from inside the Vatican, away from the faithful.

And he was clearly overjoyed when he was finally able to look out at a lively St. Peter’s Square full of pilgrims on February 7, 2021.

“I am happy to see you again gathered in the square,” said the Holy Father back in February.

With Rome’s residents once again in lockdown, St. Peter’s Square on Sunday will remain empty, and Pope Francis will have to once again broadcast the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace library.