In a statement from the Holy See Press Office, it was announced Pope Francis would be resuming his general audience livestreams like he did earlier in the pandemic because of rising coronavirus cases.
Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni said:
“From next Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the Holy Father’s General Audiences will again be broadcast from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. This follows after the identification of a positive case of COVID-19 during the General Audience of Wednesday, October 21, an is being done “in order to avoid any eventual future risk for the participants’ health.”
Pope Francis resumed his live audiences not even two months ago on September 2nd, after having broadcast them live from the Library of the Apostolic Palace for 189 days beginning on February 26th. Before his first audience in the Courtyard of San Damaso, he said: “After so many months we resume our meeting face to face and not screen to screen. Face to face. This is beautiful!”
Livestreams of Pope Francis’ general audiences will be available through the Vatican News YouTube channel.
It’s unclear whether Pope’s Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square on Sundays at noon will still be taking place as it has been.