According to reports, Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday night, as coronavirus restrictions reduced the normal population from 10,000 to less than 100.
According to Reuters, smaller services were held in the back of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, rather than in the main part of the cathedral.
In addition, the report stated that the evening mass was about two hours earlier than normal, so participants could return home before the curfew took effect at 10pm.
In his humor, the Roman Catholic leader urged followers to reach out to those in need, pointing out that Jesus Christ was seen as an outsider.
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The Pope said: “The Son of God gave birth to a wanderer. The purpose is to tell us that every wanderer is a child of God.”
According to Reuters, this year is the eighth Christmas of 84-year-old Pope Francis.
On Christmas Day Friday, the Pope is scheduled to read his traditional “Ulbi et Obi” (for the city and the world) from inside the Vatican instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square, because Italy and the Vatican still exist during the holidays During this period, it was blocked by the whole country.
Peppe Francis (FOPECIS FRANCIS) in Vatican Street (VATICAN’S ST.) Peter Square
Reuters reported that during the lockdown, people were only allowed to travel for work, medical or emergency reasons.
According to the Associated Press, Christmas traditions have also declined in other parts of the world, including in Bethlehem, which is believed to be the birthplace of Christ, as well as Australia, Colombia, Brazil, Greece and the Philippines.
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The Associated Press reported that in Bethlehem, bad weather only emphasized the low-key atmosphere of Christmas events. But the mayor of the city tried to take advantage of this situation.
Mayor Anton Salman told the Associated Press: “Christmas is a reviving holiday.” “Despite the obstacles and challenges caused by the corona and lack of tourism, the city of Bethlehem still The future is full of optimism.”