Pope Francis dedicated his midday public prayer on Easter Monday to the elderly and sick, as well as residents of nursing homes, saying he hoped his words would give them encouragement and hope.
The prayer known as Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) was said from the Vatican and can be streamed.
He officially ended the celebration of Easter in the Catholic Church.
The commemoration of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Mother of God replaces the Angelus (Angel) prayer, which is more common at other times.
This year was the second time after 2020 that the head of the Church was scheduled to celebrate the festivities to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Vatican under strict coronavirus restrictions.
There were hardly any pilgrims in Rome this weekend and the huge St. Peter’s Square was almost empty on Monday.
Easter is the peak of the ecclesiastical year for believing Christians.
In his Easter message earlier Sunday, Francis, 84, called for more COVID-19 vaccinations also for poorer countries in front of a few listeners in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Argentine also warned of wars and arms races around the world. (dpa / NAN)
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