Pope Francis prayed for people living in countries where Covid-19 is still causing a huge number of deaths, and he cautioned people in Italy to continue to be careful and follow health precautions.
“Be careful, do not sing ‘Victory!’ yet, do not celebrate victory too soon! It remains necessary to follow the rules in force carefully because they are rules that help us to prevent the virus from gaining ground,” he said on 7th June after reciting the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace.
He greeted the few hundred visitors who had assembled in St Peter’s Square, maintaining social distancing and many wearing masks.
Seeing people in the square, he said, was a sign that “the acute phase” of the pandemic in Italy was over, which had led to the gradual easing of restrictive measures.
But the pope cautioned everyone to continue to be careful.
“Thanks be to God we are coming out of the epicentre stronger, but always with the rules given the authorities give us,” he said.
Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 7th June 2020. The pope urged people to not declare victory against Covid-19 but continue to be careful and follow health precautions. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).