As Christians Mark Easter in Isolation, Pope Francis Proclaims ‘Contagion of Hope’

ROME—Celebrating Easter in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed what…

ROME—Celebrating Easter in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed what he called a “contagion of hope,” after he offered Mass in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica.

Speaking before just a handful of people, the pontiff called for the “victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not bypass suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good.”