The satan is taking advantage of the pandemic, Pope Francis stated throughout Palm Sunday Mass.
Main companies witnessed by solely about 120 individuals in a facet wing of St. Peter’s Basilica, moderately than the throngs who usually collect outdoors the cathedral for the beginning of Holy Week, the pope stated after a yr underneath the virus, the stress is rising.
“Final yr we have been shocked,” he stated. “This yr we’re extra underneath stress and the financial disaster has grow to be heavy.”
Throughout each his homily and in feedback afterward in his conventional Sunday deal with, Francis stated the pandemic made it extra essential to take care of the poor and struggling.
“The satan is taking advantage of the disaster to sow mistrust, desperation and discord,” he stated, including that the pandemic had introduced bodily, psychological and non secular struggling.
Palm Sunday is the primary day of Holy Week, the lead-up to Easter, a very powerful day on the Christian calendar. The remaining of the pope’s companies this week, together with Holy Thursday and Good Friday, can even embody only a handful of the traditional contributors.