Pope says Satan is taking advantage of the epidemic in Palm Sunday service

Pope FrancisPope Francis ope cut pay cardinals’ salaries, and clerics working to save other jobs warn the pope that racism is more likely to be compared to the pop virus of organized crime trying to cash in on the epidemic Palm reflected on the coronavirus during Sunday services, where he said the devil was “taking advantage” of the epidemic.

“Satan is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, despair and disgust,” Francis said in St. Peter’s Basilica, which was almost empty due to coronavirus restrictions.

He added that the epidemic has brought physical, mental and spiritual suffering.

Francis acknowledged that this was the second time this year when Christians were forced to live a holy week amid an epidemic. He said people were “shocked” last year, while communities are “under more pressure” this year.

“It simply came to our notice then. This year we are under more pressure and the economic crisis is getting worse, ”Francis said.

About 120 members of the practicing faith joined the pope and about 30 cardinals in the basilica to take part in Sunday’s mass, a huge drop from the thousands of people who would normally fill St. Peter’s Square for the outdoors, according to Reuters. Ritual.

According to Reuters, almost everyone who participated in the group, wearing a mask, next to the pop and chants.

The new lockdown sanctions took effect in Italy earlier this month. Over the Easter weekend, the entire country will be bound by a national lockdown.

In January, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emirates Benedict, had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.