Italy: Priest fills pews with parishioners selfies as he livestreams Mass amid lockdown

A local priest in Robbiano, just outside of Milan, has stuck the selfies of his parishioners to the pews of his church, in order to feel closer to them while he is forced to conduct Sunday Mass alone due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Footage from Sunday shows Father Giuseppe Corbari, priest of the Saints Quirico and Giulitta church, giving Mass, which was livestreamed to parishioners... Еще. Corbari said he called upon his parishioners to send him the pictures, which he then printed and stuck on the benches but many could not be put up due to the sheer number he received, highlighting «the desire of all be present in this church.» «The initiative starts from a personal need. It’s difficult to get used to celebrate mass without the worshippers’ presence. There is the need to see the others' face. That’s why asked my parishioners to send me their selfies, a personal or a family one, so I could stick them on the church's benches to be in communion with them also through the eyes,» said the priest. Italy remains Europe's worst-hit country by the COVID-19 outbreak, with 4,825 deaths and over 53,500 infected so far.

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