Pope celebrates private Mass to commemorate 100 years from the birth of St John Paul II
Pope Francis early this morning led a private Mass at the Basilica of St Peter where St John Paul II is buried, to commemorate 100 years since his birth.
This Mass is one of a series of private Masses over the last two months which have been celebrated by the Pope early in the morning which are being transmitted on the media since people cannot go to church because of the pandemic.
The last time Pope Francis was at the Basilica of St Peter was on Easter Sunday.
Italy is expected to re-open churches for Mass to the public from today under strict conditions which were issued by the Italian Government last week. These new rules include that there should only be a limited number of people in Church, the maintaining social justice and the wearing of masks.