Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

Elias Hubbard
June 3, 2020

The pope recited the Regina Coelito a gathering of only a few hundred people - mainly residents of Italy - compared with the usual thousands. They stood facing each other at a safe distance.

Francis has been leading the Sunday Marian prayers, as well as his weekly General Audiences, from the Library of the Apostolic Palace.

The National Shrine livestreams Mass each Sunday at noon, followed by Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary at 2:30 p.m., recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., and concluding with Benediction at 3:15 p.m.

People entering St. Peter's Basilica had their temperatures checked.

While the Vatican has reopened the basilica to tourists, the rank-and-file faithful still aren't allowed yet to attend Masses celebrated by the pope for fear of crowding. In July, all airports that can handle worldwide traffic will reopen to foreign flights, as ports and land borders also open for tourists.

Joining him in Rome will be "men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus", including a doctor and a nurse, a recovered patient and a person who lost a family member to Covid-19.

Pope Francis also asked that priority be given to people's health, especially those who do not have the resources to pay for treatment.

POPE FRANCIS is calling for world to take action to build a "more just and equitable society" once we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. "We people are temples of the Holy Spirit, the economy is not", he said. The economy is not.

"You know that from a crisis like this, you don't come out of it the same as before", he told the onlookers. "Better or worse?" said the 83-year-old Argentinian. "When all our human securities have disappeared, the world needs us to give it Jesus".

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