Pope Francis did not preside over the annual funeral at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, as he had planned, but gave the oracle after the cancellation of his traditional visit to the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square due to the risk of an epidemic. -19.
So, Giovanni Batista Ray, dean of the College of Cardinals, led the service with the mask, the 85-year-old sovereign pope.
Asked about the change, three hours after the Vatican confirmed that the pope would preside over the ceremony, a spokesman simply replied that the sovereign pope would not preside over the ceremony, which would be presided over by Cardinal.
Pope was unable to celebrate New Year’s Mass last year due to sciatica.
The Sovereign Pope will generally be welcomed by the faithful on his way to Manger on December 31st, after leading the year – ending Vespers and singing the The Duom prayer.
But the Vatican has mentioned in its diary.This event will not take place to avoid the dangers of crowding and contamination by Govt-19“.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis treated his weekly public audience in the magnificent Paul VI Hall of the Vatican as usual, wearing masks and respecting social space.
As elsewhere in Europe, Italy – and the smaller state of Vatican City – is facing a surge of corona virus cases caused by the new variant Omigran.