(Source: Vatican News)

The Prefecture of the Papal Household has announced that Holy Week celebrations in Rome will take place without the physical presence of the faithful, in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Prefecture made the announcement on its website, announcing that, “because of the current global public health emergency, all the Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful”.

Furthermore, “this Prefecture informs that until April 12 the General Audiences and the Angelus presided over by the Holy Father will be available only in live streaming on the official Vatican News website”.

Pope’s Daily Mass, Angelus and Audience

On Saturday, the Holy See Press Office issued the following statement: “Faced with the situation that has arisen because of the coronavirus, the Holy Father has decided that the Holy Mass he celebrates in Santa Marta at 7am every morning, will continue to be broadcast live next week.

“In order to comply with the rules imposing a ban on gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus”, continues the statement, “the Holy Father’s Sunday Angelus prayer and General Audience on Wednesday March 18 will be broadcast live on television, as well as on the Vatican News website, and the images will be distributed by Vatican Media to the media that request them, so as to reach the faithful all over the world”.

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