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A blessing from Pope Francis

Andreas Solaro, AFP

Posted at May 18 2020 08:00 AM

A blessing from Pope Francis

Pope Francis gives his blessing from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square after holding a private live streamed weekly Angelus prayer from the palace's library on Sunday. The St. Peter’s Basilica is set to reopen to tourist and Catholic devotees on May 18, Monday, after a 2-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pope Francis is not expected to lead any religious rites publicly as the Vatican seeks to avoid crowds.