The Pope Is Celebrating Easter Sunday Via Livestream — How to Tune in (Video)
Spend your Easter in Italy — without leaving your house.
The Pope is continuing to hold Holy Week services culminating with Easter this Sunday at the Vatican via livestream helping people around the world celebrate the holiday — while practicing social distancing.
According to Vatican News, the Good Friday service will start at 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET). This year, instead of participating in the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum as he traditionally does, the Pope will perform the prayer in front of St. Peter’s Basilica at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).
Easter Vigil on Saturday will be streamed from the Vatican Basilica at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). And the Easter Sunday celebrations will start at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).
Viewers everywhere will be able to follow the masses at home, with live-streams on Facebook, YouTube and the Vatican News website.
He also held a Palm Sunday mass last week via livestream.
During the outbreak, the Pope himself is living a more isolated life. Meals at the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence are now served in shifts. Everyone works isolated from their room or office, using technology to stay connected.
In an interview about the effect of the coronavirus, the Pope hoped that the world would not “lose our memory once all this is past, let us not file it away and go back to where we were. This is the time to take the decisive step, to move from using and misusing nature to contemplating it. We have lost the contemplative dimension; we have to get it back at this time.”
Milan’s Duomo cathedral will also celebrate Easter Sunday with a live-stream with a performance by Andrea Bocelli. He will be singing his famed renditions of iconic religious songs including “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria” with accompaniment from cathedral organist Emanuele Vianelli. The concert itself is in partnership with the city of Milan.
Italy remains on strict lockdown, banning all nonessential movement. The lockdown could last until May 3, Reuters reported. There have been more than 143,626 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 15,840 deaths in Italy since the virus broke out, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.