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With Italy on another lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pope gave his Easter blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) standing inside St Peter’s Basilica rather than from the balcony overlooking a full St Peter’s Square.

“The Easter message does not offer us a mirage or reveal a magic formula,” the Pope said before giving the blessing. “It does not point to an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor.”

The Pope offered prayers for the sick and those who have died of COVID-19 and for the doctors and nurses who have made “valiant efforts” to care for the pandemic’s victims.

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