Around the world, Christians celebrated Easter Sunday much differently than at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in April, 2020.
Most churches across the United States held in-person services, and many across the world did as well. This stands in stark contrast to last year, when fear of COVID-19 and government edicts shut down nearly all places for gatherings, including churches.
One year after Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered his Easter homily to an empty St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City as a result of the pandemic, parishioners were back in the pews on this Easter Sunday. The historic cathedral on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue held its 10 a.m.Mass at 50 percent of it's usual 22-hundred person seating capacity, with other COVID-19 protocols in place.
However, many nations are dealing with another surge of COVID-19.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis used his Easter message to call on governments to share COVID vaccines with the poorest nations. The Pope presided over a subdued Mass at the Vatican with about 200 participants wearing masks and carefully spread out in St. Peter's Basilica. Italy has imposed a lockdown as the country struggles with its third wave of the coronavirus.