Pope Francis, forced to cancel his New Year’s visit in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis, forced to cancel his New Year’s visit in St. Peter’s Square

Sad news for Catholic Christians around the world! Due to the risks of contamination with the new coronavirus, Pope Francis was forced to cancel his traditional New Year’s visit to the manger arranged in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Pope Francis, forced to cancel his New Year’s visit in St. Peter’s Square

According to AFP, taken over by AgerpresThe Sovereign Pontiff is normally greeted by believers when he visits the manger of the Lord’s Nativity on December 31, after the end-of-the-year vespers and the Te Deum prayer.

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However, the Vatican has announced that this event will not take place, in order to avoid meetings and the risk of contamination with the new coronavirus.

The 85-year-old Pope Francis held a weekly general audience on Wednesday, as usual, in the huge Paul VI Vatican hall, wearing masks and respecting social distance.

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day, the Sovereign Pontiff urged him not to give in to the temptation to “retreat into himself.”

“In these times of pandemic, our ability to maintain social relations is being put to the test. The tendency to retreat into ourselves, to become the lone knight, is getting stronger, “including” internationally, “he said.

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“Only the paths of dialogue really lead to conflict resolution,” Pope Francis said.

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