Millions of Christians around the world celebrated the second Easter on Sunday with coronavirus restrictions, as nations tried to control the alarming COVID-19 surges.
Despite the pace of vaccine rollout collection in many countries, dramatic spikes in the case have forced the rehabilitation of sanctions.
Pope Francis celebrated the Easter morning mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican under a strict lockdown over the weekend.
Before his mass, he gave a message of hope and renewal.
“It is always possible to start anew because in spite of all our failures there is a new life that God can awaken in us,” Francis said at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday.
“From the rubble of our hearts, art can create a work of art; God can prepare a new history from the rubble of our humanity.
Strict resistance has been effective in Belgium as well as in France, where authorities are scrambling to deal with serious spies in cases where they have been hospitalized in Paris.
Across the Atlantic, Canada fought a new wave of infections, over one million coronavirus cases and forced several provinces to tighten restrictions before the Easter weekend.
And celebrations have also dampened in South America, where Brazil is perhaps in the grip of a devastating outbreak of burning with a more contagious form.