Flying priests and empty churches: Easter in the time of coronavirus

Issued on: 10/04/2020 – 17:55Modified: 10/04/2020 – 17:55

From services in empty churches and “drive-through” confessions, to priests blessing entire cities from the skies, with dozens of countries in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, worshippers all over the world have had to find innovative ways to mark the Easter holidays.


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In Ecuadors Guayaquil, the city hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Bishop Giovanni Battista boarded a helicopter this Thursday to offer traditional Easter blessings to the residents below.

"Never in the history of the Church has there been a Holy Week like this week due to the pandemic and so we just have to follow the rules that the government has given us,” he said.

In many places, the coronavirus pandemic has seen religious gatherings of all kinds banned and places of worship shuttered as governments try to control the viruss spread.

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