Pope Francis delivers the weekly Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photo: Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Wire/dpa
Pope Francis delivers the weekly Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photo: Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Wire/dpa

(dpa ) – On Easter Monday, Pope Francis is scheduled to offer a special prayer at noon (1000 GMT).

The Easter celebration in the Catholic Church will then officially come to an end.

This year was the second time after 2020 that the head of the Church had to celebrate the festivities to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Vatican under strict coronavirus restrictions.

The pope’s Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) prayer is transmitted from the library of the Apostolic Palace to the internet, among other places.

The commemoration of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Mother of God replaces the Angelus (Angel) prayer, which is more common at other times.

Easter is the climax of the ecclesiastical year for believing Christians.

In his Easter message on Sunday, the 84-year-old Francis had called for more vaccinations against Covid-19 also for poorer countries in front of a few listeners in St Peter’s Basilica.
The Argentinian also warned against wars and arms races in the world.

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