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Pope Francis to skip New Year’s services due to sciatica

Pope Francis to skip New Year’s services due to sciatica
A statement released by the Holy See Press Office says the celebrations will go ahead as usual and Francis will address the faithful at noon on Jan. 1.

Pope Francis will skip the New Year’s Eve celebration, as well as the New Year’s Day mass in the Vatican due to “painful sciatica,” the Holy See Press Office said on Thursday.The mass on New Year’s Day, which marks the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, will be led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.Both the vespers on Thursday night and the New Year’s Day mass would require the pope to stand for a long period of time.Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec.

Peter’s Basilica, around some 50 mask-wearing participants in front of two Christmas trees.Peter’s Basilica due to coronavirus restrictions.

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