Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's SquareIn a historic first, the pope said prayers to an empty Saint Peter's SquareVATICAN CITY - Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. He described the coronavirus "tempest" which he said had put everybody "in the same boat". And at the end of the service, Francis granted Catholics the chance to have a rare remission for the punishment of sins. On Friday, that crucifix was placed in front of Saint Peter's. The Vatican has only officially reported four positive cases of the coronavirus within the tiny city state, without confirming the alleged case in the guest house.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 00:47 UTC