The 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church wore a mask and thanked the health professionals for their work.
Francisco, who has already received two doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus, said earlier this year that vaccination “is not an option, it is ethical action”.
The visit of the Pontiff did not appear on the official agenda of events this Good Friday, which happens with restrictions on the faithful in the Vatican.
The traditional celebrations take place without a crowd of worshipers in St. Peter’s Square, for the second consecutive year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In St. Peter’s Basilica, the use of protective masks and distance was mandatory, a measure that also applies to Good Friday, one of the main Catholic holidays.
Last week, the Vatican had confirmed that all rituals would be performed within the walls of the city-state that houses the Catholic Church.
Before the pandemic, part of the celebrations took place around monuments in Rome like the Colosseum.
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