Vatican City, Apr 5, 2020 / 04:00 am
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis offered Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter's Basilica and urged Catholics quarantined at home to remember "what really matters" in life: loving God and serving others.
"The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love," Pope Francis said April 5 in his Palm Sunday homily.
Holy Week liturgies at the Vatican are taking without the presence of the public this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the Palm Sunday broadcast, the pope said that Catholics can look to the suffering Christ as an example of a life lived completely in the service of others.