Pope Francis is cautiously starting public audiences again on Wednesday, September 2, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
Six months ago, because of the corona, those meetings ended, and they have been online only since then.
The weekly audiences, every Wednesday, are held in a private courtyard near the Papal Palace. A maximum of 500 people may come. The gates open two hours in advance, no reservation is required.
The last weekly audience was at the end of February. There were about 12,000 visitors at the time. The virus was already widespread in Italy in that period.
The Argentine Pope shook hands with dozens of believers and hugged some children.
Mouth masks were hardly worn. A short time later, the Pope was diagnosed with a cold, which made many fear for his health.
The coronavirus has claimed more than 35,000 lives in Italy.