In a city known for its beautiful religious traditions, one of the favorites of local residents will fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since 1953, Popes have visited Rome’s Piazza di Spagna each year on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Joined by local dignitaries and the faithful, the Holy Father blesses the people of the city and everyone around the world.  But it will be different in 2020, as is so much of life.

For this year’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will be entrusting the city of Rome and its inhabitants, as well as the many sick people throughout the world, to the maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But the act of devotion will be undertaken privately, according to a statement issued on November 30 by the Director of the Holy See Press Office.

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