Pope Francis returns to window overlooking St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis delivered his Regina Coeli address from the window overlooking St Peter’s Square for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March.

May 31, 2020

VATICAN: Pope Francis delivered his Regina Coeli address from the window overlooking St Peter’s Square  for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March.

In a statement, the Holy See press office said that on May 31 the Pope would recite the Regina Coeli with pilgrims gathered in the square below.

“The police will guarantee safe access to the square and will ensure that the faithful present can respect the necessary interpersonal distance,” the statement said May 26.

Traditionally, the Pope leads the Sunday Angelus — and the Regina Coeli, between Easter Sunday and Pentecost — from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St Peter’s Square.

But from March 8 onwards, Pope Francis delivered his address via videolink from the library of the Apostolic Palace, and offered a blessing from the window above an empty St Peter’s Square.

People were allowed in St Peter’s Square for the pope’s Sunday blessing for the first time in more than 10 weeks May 24 after Italy significantly loosened its coronavirus restrictions.

Each person who entered the square was required to wear a face mask and security enforced social distancing for the people gathered outside of St Peter’s Basilica, which reopened to the public May 18.

The Holy See press office said that before this Sunday’s Regina Coeli the Pope would celebrate a Pentecost Mass, without the presence of the people, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St Peter’s Basilica.

The Pope is scheduled to deliver his general audience address this Wednesday from the Apostolic Palace library. It will be livestreamed on the Vatican News website. -- CNA

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