By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Due to the increasingly rising number of COVID19 cases every day, and increasing deaths, throughout the world and in Italy, Pope Francis will return to privately streaming his Wednesday General Audiences as early as next week.

This was communicated in a brief statement today, Oct. 29, issued by the Holy See Press Office to accredited journalists.

“From next Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the Holy Father’s General Audiences will again be broadcast from the Library of the Apostolic Palace,” it began.

“This follows,” it explained, “the identification of a positive case of COVID-19 during the General Audience of Wednesday, October 21,” and is being done “in order to avoid any eventual future risk for the participants’ health.”

No mention was made, for the time being, of the Pope’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sundays at noon, which are still taking place according to the necessary health protocols.

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