Religión la Voz Libre : The excuse is the virus. This after having canceled the public celebration of Christmas.
However, a few days ago he received athletes and named his servile cardinals without problem, despite the fact that it was indoors.
Maike Hickson@HicksonMaike·on Twitter Sat Nov 28th, 2020:
By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, Nov 30, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- The Vatican has announced that
Pope Francis will not visit Rome’s Piazza di Spagna this year for the traditional veneration of Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception due to the pandemic.
Instead, Francis will mark the feast day with “an act of private devotion, entrusting the city of Rome, its inhabitants and the many sick people in every part of the world to Our Lady,” Holy See press office director Matteo Bruni said.
It will be the first time since 1953 that the
pope has not offered the traditional veneration of the statue of the Immaculate Conception on the Dec. 8 feast. Bruni said that Francis would not go to the square in order to avoid people gathering and transmitting the virus.
The statue of the Immaculate Conception, next to Piazza di Spagna, sits atop a nearly 40-foot high column. It was dedicated Dec. 8, 1857, three years after Pope Pius IX promulgated a decree defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.