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On Thursday, Pope Francis held a festive mass that was marred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Pontiff especially noted that these days people should once again remember their human duty to help those in need, because Christ himself was born a poor exile.
Mass was held at the back of St. Peter’s Basilica with fewer than 100 parishioners and a small number of cardinals and bishops. Usually this service is held in the main part of the basilica with the participation of up to 10 thousand people, including the diplomatic corps representing almost 200 countries.
Everyone except the Pope and the small choir wore masks during the mass, which began two hours earlier than usual, so that even a limited number of people in attendance could return home by 10 p.m. as there is a curfew in Italy.
“The Son of God was born a rejected to tell us that every rejected is a child of God,” Francis said in his sermon.
The pontiff recalled that the Nativity of Christ should make everyone think about “our injustice towards so many of our brothers and sisters,” and not serve as an excuse for “our endless pursuit of hoarding” and fleeting pleasures.
“God came to us in poverty and need to tell us that by serving the poor we will show our love for him,” said the 84-year-old pontiff, who celebrates Christmas for the eighth time as head of the Roman Catholic Church..
On Friday, Pope Francis will read his traditional message “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the city and the world”) from a hall inside the Vatican, rather than from the central balcony in St. Peter’s Square. Usually this message attracts tens of thousands of people..
Italy is under strict quarantine during the current Christmas and New Year holidays. Most will stores be closed in the next two weeks. On these days, people are only allowed to travel to work and on business related to an emergency..
Restrictions mean Christians will not be able to visit St Peter’s Square or the Basilica. All papal events during the period from December 24 to January 6 will be held in closed rooms with a minimum number of people, and will also be broadcast on the Internet and on television.
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