Pope Francis, today, April 5, delivered his Easter prayer to an almost empty hall in the Vatican.
There were said to be virtually no pilgrims in Rome over the weekend and the huge St Peter’s Square was almost empty.
In the Easter message, the 84-year-old Francis called for more vaccinations against COVID-19 also for poorer countries in front of a few listeners in St Peter’s Basilica.
The Pope also warned against wars and arms races in the world, even as he dedicated the public prayer to the elderly and sick, as well as residents of nursing homes.
He hoped that his words gave them encouragement and hope.
The prayer known as the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) was delivered from the Vatican and viewable for streaming.
It officially ended the Easter celebration in the Catholic Church.