CNA Staff, May 6, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Members of the public will be able to attend Pope Francis’ general audience next week after a six-month absence due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household announced May 6 that the pope’s general audience next Wednesday will take place in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace.
It said that people wishing to attend the May 12 audience will be able to access the interior courtyard via the Bronze Doors, located under the right-hand colonnade in St. Peter’s Square.
Pilgrims will be required to observe safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The courtyard has a capacity of around 500 or so socially distanced and masked participants.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household said that pilgrims will not need entrance tickets to attend the audience.
General audiences are usually held in either St. Peter’s Square or the Paul VI Audience Hall. But when the pandemic first struck Italy in March 2020, the pope transferred his general audiences to the library of the Apostolic Palace, where they took place without public access.
The first live-streamed general audience from the library occurred on March 11, 2020.