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Pope Francis To Livestream Prayers Amid Coronavirus Fears

The pontiff has canceled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him.

VATICAN CITY, March 7 (Reuters) ― Pope Francis has canceled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Vatican said that on Sunday he would not address crowds from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square and would not hold his general audience there either on Wednesday.

They will be held without general public participation from inside the Vatican.

The 83-year-old pope canceled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, but the Vatican has said he is suffering only from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies.”

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alison Williams)

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