- Apr 9, 2021
Pope Francis on Easter morning offered words of consolation to all those still struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and urged pharmaceutical companies to speed up the production of COVID-19 vaccines amid global delays.
During an Easter Vigil celebration in a mostly empty St. Peter’s Basilica due to COVID-19 restrictions, Pope Francis reflected on the passage of the day’s Gospel that speaks of the women who went to Jesus’s tomb to anoint his body, but found it empty because he had risen from the dead.
Pope Francis prayed that people don’t feel lost amid the problems of the pandemic as he listened to children’s poignant accounts of sorrow and loneliness, which provided the motif for an unusual Way of the Cross torch-lit Good Friday procession in St. Peter’s Square.
In a rare new interview with a German newspaper, retired pope Benedict XVI praised his successor’s devotion to St. Joseph, and thanked Pope Francis for instituting a special year dedicated to his namesake.
Pope Francis visited the Vatican’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Good Friday as volunteer doctors, nurses and pharmacists continued vaccinating the poor, homeless and refugees assisted by charities in Rome.
After reflecting on the biblical meaning of fraternity during the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord, the papal preacher on Good Friday lamented the disunity existing among Catholics.
In a surprise move, Pope Francis on Holy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the private apartment of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post earlier this year at the pope’s request.
With Pope Francis not in attendance, on Thursday the dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper in an eerily empty St. Peter’s Basilica, describing this liturgy as a reminder of “how much we have been loved.”