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Pope: Easter gives hope in our 'darkest hour,' despite fear

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 11, 2020

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis says Easter can offer hope in people's “darkest hour” as he celebrated Holy Saturday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, with the public barred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pontiff likened the fears of current times to those experienced by Jesus' followers after his crucifixion.

Francis says, like us, they feared “about the future and all that would need to be rebuilt.”

Earlier on Holy Saturday, the Turin Shroud, a burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, and which was associated with a 16th-century plague, was put on special view through video streaming to inspire hope during the coronavirus outbreak.