Pope Francis to resume general audiences with the public

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience after giving a message to people of the United States, honouring George Floyd and saying "no one can turn a blind eye to racism", in this still image taken from video at the Vatican, June 3, 2020. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Pope Francis will resume general audiences with the public from 2 September after an almost six-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Prefecture of the Papal Household announced that the Pope’s general audience next Wednesday would take place “with the presence of the faithful.”

The audiences will be held in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace throughout September, after the Holy See sought advice from the health authorities. The general audiences are usually held in either St Peter’s Square or the Paul VI Audience Hall.

When the coronavirus epidemic broke out in Italy, the general audiences were transferred to the library of the Apostolic Palace, from where they were livestreamed but without public access.

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The Prefecture explained that the audiences would start at 9.30am and would be open to all those who wish to attend without requiring a ticket. Those attending will be admitted to the courtyard from 7.30am via the Bronze Doors, located under the right-hand colonnade in St Peter’s Square.