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Vatican to Resume Live General Audience on May 12

Pope Francis’s General Audiences will be open once again to in-person participation of the faithful.

Good news, Popesters! Pope Francis will once again hold his weekly General Audience with the participation of the faithful in the Vatican.

The Holy See Press Office announced that starting on Wednesday, May 12, the General Audience will be held in the Courtyard of St. Damasus in Rome, Italy. A limited number of faithful will be allowed to physically attend the weekly event. (Read: Pope to Celebrate Mass for Myanmar Catholics on May 16)

According to the Vatican, those who wish to participate in the live General Audience will be able to enter through the Bronze Gate in St Peter’s Square.

No entrance tickets are necessary, but the faithful will be required to observe health restrictions in force.

General Audience

Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience via livestream from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican June 10, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo from CNS photo / Vatican Media / Catholic Sentinel)

Since November 2020, Pope Francis has been holding the General Audience virtually from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. This is to keep up with anti-COVID health measures in Rome.

Last year, public attendance at the General Audience had resumed in September, after more than six months of lockdown in the Vatican. (Read: Pope Francis Resumes Public General Audience in September)

However, just two months after they reopened the doors, the Holy See decided to once again move to online platforms due to the second spike in the country’s COVID-19 cases. (Read: Vatican Moves General Audience to Online Platforms Again)

The decision to go back to “virtual” audiences was announced publicly on November 4, 2020 — until the recent announcement that the Vatican will resume public audiences on May 12, 2021.

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