Pope dedicates Easter Monday prayer to the elderly and sick

Pope Francis dedicated his noon-day public prayer on Easter to the elderly and sick, as well as residents of nursing homes, saying he hoped his words gave encouragement and hope.

The prayer known as the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) was delivered from the Vatican and viewable for streaming.

It officially ended the Easter celebration in the Catholic Church.

The commemoration of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Mother of God replaces the Angelus (Angel) prayer, which is more common times.

This year was the time after 2020 that the head of the Church had to celebrate the festivities to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Vatican under strict coronavirus restrictions.

virtually no pilgrims in Rome over the weekend and the huge St Peter’s Square was almost empty on .

Easter is the climax of the ecclesiastical year for believing Christians.

In his Easter message earlier on , the 84-year-old Francis had for more vaccinations against COVID-19 also for poorer countries in front of a few listeners in St Peter’s Basilica.

The Argentinian also warned against wars and arms races in the world. (dpa/NAN)