Archbishop of Lima Celebrates Mass with the Photos of 5,000 Peruvians Killed by COVID-19 Filling the Pews of the Cathedral

June 16 (EIRNS)—Monseñor Carlos Castillo, the Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru, celebrated mass in the national cathedral on June 14, with 5,000 photos of those who have died as a result of COVID-19 in the country filling pews and posted on the cathedral’s columns. The mass was broadcast live, and the pictures are stunning—a reminder of the human face of the deadly pandemic sweeping the planet. They show Peruvians from every walk of life: doctors, police officers, firefighters, street cleaners and children.

In his service, Monseñor Castillo called for Peru to come together, warning “even harder times are coming” with the economy expected to contract by 12% this year. “It would be terrible if in the times to come we have thousands of these photos—but of people who died of hunger,” he said. At least 6,800 people have died of COVID-19 in Peru, according to official statistics; but reliable sources in Peru estimate the real total as closer to 10,000. [dns]

Peru21 TV Reports (Spanish) — .entire service:
Ruptly News Reports with short report in English:
Republic News in India press report with photos:

Peru: Archbishop Fills Cathedral With Images Of Over 5,000 COVID-19 Victims –Archbishop in Peru had the entire cathedral filled with the self-portraits of over 5,000 victims of COVID-19 on June 15 in a bid to criticize the health system.

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