France: aftermath of fire in gothic cathedral of Nantes | AFP

Images of the aftermath of the fire in St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Nantes, which ravaged parts of the gothic cathedral, destroying the organ, and sparked an arson investigation.

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St Peter’s Basilica reopens to the public | AFP

Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican reopens to visitors after being closed for over two months under Italy’s lockdown orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Italy was the first country to go into a full lockdown over two months ago, bringing the economy to its knees. The official death toll from the virus now stands at around 32,000. IMAGES

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Good Friday’s Way of the Cross at St. Peter’s Square during lockdown | AFP

A group of prisoners from Padua, and doctors and nurses from the Vatican Healthcare Department carry the cross and mark the Stations of the Cross, during Good Friday’s Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) at St. Peter’s Square in The Vatican. The ceremony takes place during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: The Vatican celebrates Holy Week without the faithful | AFP

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Easter Holy Week, in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica. In March the Vatican announced that all liturgical celebrations of Easter week would be held “without the physical presence of the faithful” in St. Peter’s Square, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Vatican celebrates Palm Sunday without congregation due to coronavirus | AFP

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday behind closed doors in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica and St. Peter’s Square are usually packed by Catholic faithful for Palm Sunday, but this year it is empty because of coronavirus containment measures. IMAGES

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Images of streets around St. Peter’s Basilica during Italy lockdown | AFP

Images of streets around St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican as the Italian government places the whole of the country on lockdown to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. IMAGES

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Pope Francis apologises for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper | AFP

Pope Francis apologises before the traditional Angelus prayer for having “lost patience” the previous evening with a woman who shook his hand too hard during his walk around St Peter’s Square.

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Pope gets visibly angry with woman who grabs his hand | AFP

Pope Francis angrily slaps away a woman’s hand when she grabs it during his walk around the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square. IMAGES

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Pope Francis leads mass to mark Vatican’s World Day of Peace | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter’s Basilica to mark the Vatican’s World Day of Peace. IMAGES

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Pope kicks off final day of Thailand visit | AFP

Pope Francis meets with Catholics at St Peter’s Church in Bangkok on the final full day of his visit to Thailand. IMAGES

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Migrants react after Pope Francis’ Mass | AFP

Migrants react after Pope Francis’ Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in which the Pope urged the international community to consider migrants as “the symbol of all those excluded from today’s globalized society”.

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Vatican women strap on their boots for first time | AFP

More than three decades after it first put out a men’s team, women are finally strapping on the Vatican’s colours of yellow jersey and socks and white shorts and bearing the keys of St. Peter and papal tiara crest.

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Pope presides over Good Friday prayer service

Pope Francis held the traditional liturgy of the Passion inside St Peter’s Basilica on the afternoon of Good Friday. (April 19)

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FEMEN fatale: Topless activist arrested while trying to steal baby Jesus from nativity scene

A topless FEMEN activist has attempted to kidnap Baby Jesus from the Nativity scene at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Christmas Day. The protester was stopped by Vatican Swiss guards as shocked believers looked on.

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