St. Peter's Square eerily empty on Christmas Day
But this year, on Friday (December 25th), the square was eerily empty as Covid restrictions closed Italians nationwide for much of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The restrictions mean people will not be able to go to St. Peter's Square or the Basilica for papal events, all of which have been moved indoors.
The sound of the wind blowing over St. Peter's Square replaced the solemn sound of the Carabinieri military police's trumpets, and the smiles of the limited number of people allowed to listen to Francis' message from the Blessing Hall in the Vatican Apostolic Palace were covered by protection Masks.
Since the outbreak began in February, Francis has encouraged people to abide by state regulations to contain the virus on many occasions.
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