Religious teachers and their students "express their gratitude for the Pope and for all those who care about the weak and needy".
He was the first non-Italian pope in almost half a millenium and the youngest pope since 1864.
In theory the citations could lead to fines or even jail terms, despite constitutional protections in Italy guaranteeing freedom
Two days later, on March 27, he will grant a plenary indulgence through his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing.
Easter'cannot be transferred to another time,' said Cardinal Robert Sarah.
The beatification process of Ignatius Kung Pin-mei is delayed for fear of offending China.
Pope Francis mentioned Pakistani Christian refugee Asia Bibi to illustrate the cruelty of the persecutors of Christian.
Use of the churches will be permitted only to religious orders attached to them, i.e. monks and nuns living in community.
“We continue to pray together for the sick who suffer from this epidemic,” Pope Francis declared.
This follows a decree by the Italian government suspending all public religious ceremonies in response to the coronavirus outbreak