Pope Francis has celebrated the usually large Easter mass because of the Corona-crisis in a very small frame. The worship service began on Sunday morning in the almost-empty St. Peter’s Basilica. Normally, the Pope celebrates the Feast of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in front of tens of thousands of visitors in the open on the flower-bedecked St. Peter’s square. Around 12 p.m., the 83-year-old Catholic Church leader spoke the blessing “Urbi et orbi”.

Traditionally, pilgrims in crowds had flocked extra for Easter to Rome. In this year of travel and exit restrictions, however, apply internationally, to stop the spread of the Virus-shaft. The exhibition was on the Internet. In addition, it was shown by many television stations around the world.

The blessing “Urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) is the most important of the Catholic Church, and is spoken of Christmas, Easter, and after a papal election. Because of the Corona-crisis, the Pope had at 27. March donated in addition to such a special blessing. Usually, it is donated from the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. On Sunday, the Pope wanted to declare this part of the Easter message in the Cathedral.

Easter is for Christians the most important religious. On the eve of Pope Francis had called in the mass of the Easter vigil, to have also in “darkest hour” of hope. The Pope warned in the large Basilica, only a few listeners were sitting, in front of pessimism. Hope is something other than “mere optimism”. Jesus had overcome death, he said. “Not after we give, therefore, the Resignation, not a stone of hope.” (SDA)


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.