Vatican City, Apr 10, 2020 / 01:20 pm (CNA).- “I am close, I am close to you all,” Pope Francis said on Good Friday, making a surprise call-in to a live Italian television program.

“Good evening, Lorena. How are you?” the pope said to the visibly surprised host of a religious show called “A sua immagine” (“In His image”), on Italy’s Rai 1 channel.

The pope called the show during the airing of a special for Good Friday. He has been celebrating the Holy Week liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica without the presence of the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Praise the Lord

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