Millions of Christians all over the world celebrated a second Easter under coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, as nations tried to manage worrying COVID-19 surges.
Despite vaccine rollouts gathering tempo in lots of nations, dramatic spikes in instances have pressured the reimposition of restrictions.
Pope Francis celebrated Easter morning mass at St Peter’s Basilica on the Vatican under a strict lockdown over the weekend.
Before his mass, he delivered a message of hope and renewal.
“It is always possible to begin anew because there is a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures,” Francis stated throughout Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday.
“From the rubble of our hearts, God can create a work of art; from the ruined remnants of our humanity, God can prepare a new history.”
Tighter curbs have come into impact in Belgium in addition to in France, the place authorities are scrambling to take care of a severe spike in instances that has overwhelmed hospitals in Paris.
Across the Atlantic, Canada crossed the edge of 1 million coronavirus instances because it battled a brand new wave of infections, forcing a number of provinces to tighten restrictions earlier than the Easter weekend.
And celebrations have been dampened in South America too, the place Brazil is within the grip of a devastating outbreak possible fuelled by a extra contagious variant.