Italy: Priest livestreams Masses amid coronavirus lockdown in Rome

Priest of one of Rome's churches implemented a digital approach to help people attend Masses amid coronavirus lockdown, as footage from Wednesday shows. The project was initiated by priest Don Claudio Falcioni, who started livestreaming from San Policarpo all'Acquedotto Claudio amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. «So at this point it came to the mind of many priests in Rome to use... Еще technology. YouTube, Facebook, whatever that may be. So we started streaming the activities that we usually have in the church,» said Falcioni. Footage shows Falcioni livestreaming the Mass with a handful of people in attendance. The whole of Italy has been on lockdown since the beginning of March following a decision made by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to impose a nationwide quarantine, severely restricting free movement and social events, in response to the growing pandemic of COVID-19 in the country. Some churches decided to remain open for private prayer. According to the latest data released by the World Health Organisation, Italy has registered 31,506 coronavirus cases so far with 2,503 deaths.

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