Photos show how Pope Francis hosted the first-ever Palm Sunday Mass without a congregation




Photos show how Pope Francis hosted the first-ever Palm Sunday Mass without a congregation
Photos show how Pope Francis hosted the first-ever Palm Sunday Mass without a congregation  
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Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted a tendency to say "nothing will return as before." "In this pandemic, how wrong narcissism is," Francis said, lamenting "the tendency to think only of our needs, to be indifferent to those of others, and to not admit our own frailties and mistakes."

Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning
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  • 2020-05-30 19:14:15Z

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was joined in the Vatican Gardens by a representative sampling of people on the front lines of the emergency: a doctor, a nurse, a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist and a civil protection official. A recovered COVID-19 patient, a person with a relative who died during Italy's outbreak, and the parents of a baby born during the emergency also were among the pope's more than 100 guests for the prayer at the...

Divert weapons funding to research to prevent next pandemic, pope says
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Pope Francis on Saturday urged politicians to divert funds spent on weapons to research to prevent another pandemic, as he led the largest gathering in the Vatican in nearly three months. Francis presided at an outdoor prayer service with about 130 people, including many directly affected by the pandemic. Francis, 83, sat several meters away from most people during most of the service and did not wear a mask.

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