The Pope praises coronavirus health and expresses his ‘closeness’ to patients

The Pope praises coronavirus health and expresses his ‘closeness’ to patients before shaking hand with tens of the congregation at his weekly audience

Pope Francis praised those working to battle virus in Italy, which has 374 cases The Pope expressed his ‘closeness’ to patients as he kissed people in the crowdsOnly a few of the 12,000 faithful who turned out to see him wore face masks

Pope Francis showed his solidarity with those suffering from the global outbreak of the coronavirus as he praised those working to battle the virus.

Italy has suffered the worst outbreak of the crisis in Europe, with 374 cases of the disease and 12 deaths. 

During his weekly audience at the Vatican, the Pope expressed his ‘closeness’ to coronavirus-infected patients as he hugged and kissed people in the crowds.

Pope Francis showed his solidarity with those suffering from the global outbreak of the coronavirus as he praised those working to battle the virus

‘I would like to express my closeness to the coronavirus patients and to the health workers who are treating them, as well as to the civil authorities,’ Pope Francis said.

Only a few of the 12,000 or so faithful who turned out to see him on Saint Peter’s Square were wearing face masks.

But the 83-year-old Francis did not shy away from shaking hands with members of the congregation – and even kissed some of the children present.

Pope Francis is known hugging the faithful or accepting kisses on his cheek or forehead.

Only a few of the 12,000 or so faithful who turned out to see him on Saint Peter's Square were wearing face masks

Only a few of the 12,000 or so faithful who turned out to see him on Saint Peter’s Square were wearing face masks

During his weekly audience at the Vatican, the Pope expressed his 'closeness' to coronavirus-infected patients as he kissed people in the crowds

During his weekly audience at the Vatican, the Pope expressed his ‘closeness’ to coronavirus-infected patients as he kissed people in the crowds



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