By Gabriela Baron
As coronavirus empties churches, an Italian priest holds mass with photos of parishioners in a parish in Italy’s Lombardy region.
Father Giuseppe Corbari said he wanted to find a way to be with his 5,500 registered parishioners because he felt “isolated” after public masses in the region were suspended on February 24.
“The need arose to at least see the faces of the people in my parish, because celebrating mass looking at the empty pews was sad,” Corbario told Crux.
The parish priest then issued a clarion call through the parish’s Telegram account for people to send him photos do he could tape them to the pews inside the church.
“This gesture meant a lot to the people, who even in staying home, were still present,” Corbari added.
Soon after the word got out about what he had done, people from other parishes and cities began to send their pictures too.
“I am receiving hundreds of messages from the faithful, and phone calls from throughout the Italy. Truly amazed with the echo that this has had,” Corbari ended.
Pope Francis earlier lauded priests who find way to be creative amid the global pandemic.