Pope Francis tells faithful to respect COVID-prevention rules

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Pope Francis told the faithful to respect the authorities’ COVID-19 prevention rules at the end of his weekly general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday.

“I’d like to do what I usually do – get down and come close to you to greet you,” Francis said.”But with the new rules, it’s better to keep a distance, including with sick people. I greet you from the heart from here.”You are respecting the distance and being prudent, as one should.”But when I come down everyone gathers around.”The problem is that there’s a risk of contagion “So everyone wear the mask, keep your distance and we can continue with the audiences.”

“I’m sorry” he added ” if I greet you today from far away but I think that if all good citizens respect the rules of the authorities, it will help to end this pandemic”.


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