Pope Francis celebrated mass on Easter Sunday, April 12, in a largely empty St. Peter's Basilica for a TV audience.
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Instead of going to church, many are participating in virtual observances of one of Christianity's holiest of days as much of the world has been ordered to stay home to curb the tide of the virus.
Pope Francis live streamed his Mass from the Vatican.
Some defiant U.S. ministers, however, have said they are inviting worshippers to come to their churches, even though their cities have a shelter in place order and have banned large gatherings.
The U.S. is leading the world in cases and deaths due to the virus. The Johns Hopkins Resource Center reports the U.S. has more than half a million cases and more than 20,000 deaths.