Normally attended by pilgrims en-masse, Pope Francis’ Christmas Masses will be celebrated to none out of precaution because of a rise of coronavirus cases in Italy.
A nota verbale sent from the Holy See to it’s accredited embassies worldwide said the Christmas liturgies would be celebrated “in a private form without the presence of members of the diplomatic Corps.”
On the 24th, Pope Francis will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass and the following day the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, but it’s not known where he will give his Urbi et Orbi blessing from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica like he did at Easter or from within the church.
Because of the dramatic rise in coronavirus cases, its also not known whether Pope Francis will celebrate First Vespers on December 31st or Mass on January 1st for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God in Saint Peter’s Basilica as he did last year.
The papal schedule for any part of 2021 is currently unknown as well.