Vatican City, Mar 9, 2020 / 04:18 am
Pope Francis' daily morning Mass, offered in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives, is being livestreamed this week so people from around the world may join in prayer for those sick with coronavirus.
The livestream this week is "to allow those who wish to follow the celebrations in union of prayer with the Bishop of Rome," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.
Video recordings of the pope's 7:30 am Masses are usually made available for use by broadcasters, but not livestreamed. The livestreams can be found on the Vatican Media website and on YouTube.
At the start of Mass March 9, Pope Francis said he was offering Mass this week "for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers who are helping them, for their families, for the elderly in nursing homes, for prisoners."