Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Friday. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass as coronavirus surges in Italy

  • The pontiff celebrated with 2,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica, 10 times the number allowed last year, but a fraction of the site’s capacity
  • No curfew is in place this year, but cases in Italy continue to set records, with 50,599 new infections recorded on Friday

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Friday. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Friday. Photo: Reuters
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