- Aug 9, 2020
Pope Francis noted that Monday that it was women who first bore witness to Jesus’s resurrection, applauding them for the many services they are performing during the coronavirus lockdown and praying for those at risk of domestic violence because they can’t leave their homes.
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka.
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis offered a prayer for World Autism Day and called for the release of kidnap victims.
Monday after Easter is a holiday in all or part of 118 nations, but nowhere does it pack quite the cultural punch as in Italy, even if by now it’s mostly lost its religious significance.