On Friday March 27th, Pope Francis delivered the first Urbi et Orbi global blessing outside of Christmas or Easter ‘for the first time in 2,000 years’ to fight coronavirus.
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Francis delivered the ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing – Latin for ‘to the city and the world’ – in a totally empty St Peter’s Square this evening.
The blessing is usually given to mark the major Christian festivals of the year, or when a new Pope is elected. It was not clear whether a special blessing such as this one has ever happened before.
Catholics who watched the Pope’s appearance online have been offered forgiveness for their sins if they receive the blessing.
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