Today Francis has an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” ceremony, with prayers in this time of pandemic. They brought the famous Crucifix from San Marcello. It had been carried in 1522 in procession through Rome against the plague for several days. Also, they brought from St. Mary Major the beloved icon of Mary, Salus Populi Romani… Salvation (Health) of the Roman People.
Some startling pics I captured from the feed.
Empty square, and streets, and basilica.