Last Monday, President of Lombardy Attilio Fontana said: “I hope that this will be the last sacrifice asked of our citizens.”

He was speaking of Italy’s third coronavirus lockdown, dubbed the “Easter Lockdown,” curbing business and movement over the whole country from April 3rd to 5th.

When pandemic first began, Pope Francis begun livestreaming his Sunday Angelus prayer & address from the Apostolic Library. He did this from Christmas of 2021 until February of 2021. When pilgrims were able to once again come to Saint Peter’s Square, he said: “I am happy to see you again gathered in the square.”

With the new lockdown, Pope Francis is set to broadcast the Angelus online and Saint Peter’s will be empty once again.

It is expected Pope Francis’ Easter Eve Mass will likely be held a few hours earlier so the Faithful can get home in time for Italy’s 10 p.m. curfew. Holy Week activities before Easter are expected to be held in the Vatican with a limited number of participants.

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