Pope’s general audience


Vatican City

Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy’s coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of Syrian refugees. Most of Francis’ general audiences are held in St. Peter’s Square and attract tens of thousands of people. But the square was empty on Wednesday as the Vatican, which is surrounded by Rome, adhered to a national lockdown aimed at stopping the virus by outlawing gatherings in public. Francis and ten priests, some of whom translate his words into other languages all sitting in a horseshoe pattern of chairs.— Reuters