Coronavirus updates: Christians mark solemn Easter
Christians throughout the world marked a solemn Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of cases worldwide topped 1.8 million on Sunday and the global death toll rose above 110,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
presided over a mostly-empty St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass, with only a handful of token faithful sitting one per pew. The choir’s “Kyrie” hymn echoed off the bare marble floors.
Normally, St. Peter’s Square would be awash in fresh flowers for Easter and packed with worshippers, but this year, the cobblestone piazza was bare and surrounded by police barricades.
Bells tolled in Spain for the almost 17,000 killed by coronavirus, a death toll behind only the U.S. and Italy. In Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury led the Easter service online from his kitchen. In New York, the epicenter of the U.S. crisis, Cardinal Timothy Dolan led mass before an empty …continued .
[Source: CBS News]