Pope Francis expressed his joy on Wednesday because the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Italy has decreased, which has allowed him to hold a week-long audience meeting with believers again for the first time in six months.
During the winter and early spring, the pope addresses the believers through the video link of the Apostolic Library every week.
On Wednesday morning, he walked into the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of San Damasso, where hundreds of believers gathered.
He said: “I am very happy that we can face the dough together, because, let me tell you, in front of anyone, just talking in front of the camera is not good.”
The 84-year-old Pope who received the coronavirus vaccination approached people and greeted them. He also signed a book.
The gathered people sat separately, and when they arrived, everyone’s body temperature was measured. Many places are empty.
Visitor Adriano Chang said: “It’s great to hear it and watch it up close. This is indeed a very special moment.”
At the peak of the pandemic in November last year, there were more than 40,000 new infections every day in Italy. There were fewer than 7,000 employees on Tuesday.