Pope Francis ends public audiences amid coronavirus surge in Italy

Pope Francis ends public audiences amid coronavirus surge in Italy

The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in 新冠病毒 案件 Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter.

The Vatican says Francis would resume livestreaming his weekly catechism lessons from his library in the Apostolic Palace, as he did during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown during the spring and summer.

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Francis resumed his Wednesday general audiences on Sept. 2 in a Vatican courtyard with limited numbers of faithful.

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Francis’ decision to not wear a mask during his audiences has drawn criticism on social media, especially when he would greet prelates at the end of the audience.

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The Vatican said Thursday that someone who attended the Oct. 21 audience tested positive, though it didn’t say if that person was among those who greeted the pontiff.

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