The Brazilian Catholic Church paid tribute to the staff who work in hospitals in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic this Easter Sunday and “dressed” the Christ the Redeemer who crowns Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro as a doctor.
With churches closed due to restrictions on the movement of people imposed by local authorities to contain the spread of the pandemic, Cardinal Orani Tempesta held an almost solitary ceremony at the foot of Christ, 709 meters above sea level and with a privileged view of the entire city.
On the statue that represents Christ with open arms, 38 meters high and that was inaugurated in 1931, images were projected with flags of the countries affected by the pandemic, such as China, the United States, Spain, Italy and Brazil itself , and messages written by children that read “everything will be fine”.
Finally, an image was projected that “dressed” the Christ with an apron of doctors or nurses, in tribute to the staff who work in hospitals and risk their own lives in the front line of the fight against the coronavirus.
On the apron, the words “thank you” and “hope” appeared, written in several languages, and finally the phrase “Stay home, for us, for everyone. We are together.”
A few hours before the ceremony in Corcovado, the rector of the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, Omar Raposo, launched a blessing to the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro from a helicopter that flew over the city for about an hour.
According to the latest official data, released this Sunday, the coronavirus pandemic has so far caused 1,223 deaths and there are a total of 22,169 confirmed cases.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most affected states and to date there are 170 deaths, while the number of infected people reaches 2,855.