Pope Francis: ‘Every outcast is a child of God’

The Mass was held in a rear section of St. Peter's Basilica with fewer than 100 participants and only a small number of cardinals and bishops. It is usually held in the main section of the basilica and attended by up to 10,000 people, including the diplomatic corps representing nearly 200 countries.

Everyone except the pope and the small choir wore a mask during the Mass, which began two hours earlier than usual so that even the limited number of people who attended could return home by a 10 p.m. curfew.

"The Son of God was born an outcast, in order to tell us that every outcast is a child of God," Francis said in his homily.