Pope Francis recited the Angelus prayer via livestream through the official Vatican News website and on screens in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City on Sunday, due to coronavirus concerns.
«To recite the Angelus this way is a safety measurement to avoid overcrowding and the possible spread of the virus,» he stated.
Some tourists shared their opinions about the flu-like illness. «I think... Еще people are panicking too much, it's just a flu, I think they need to relax to be honest» said Anya, an Irish tourist.
The traditional Angelus normally attracts large numbers of people to Saint Peter's Square to listen to the pope speak.
On Sunday Italian Prime Minister Giueseppe Conte announced quarantine measures that put up to 16 million people in the country's north under lockdown, in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Cultural institutions throughout the whole country, including libraries, museums and cinemas have been also been ordered to close, with concerts as well as private and public events also cancelled until at least April 3.