The Pope attended his first general audience
held indoors at the Vatican since lockdown
Most of the thousand-strong gathering wore masks
but not Francis nor his entourage
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH PRIEST IGNACIO DE LA CAL, SAYING:
"I don't know about the issue in detail. I imagine that the Pope doesn't wear the face mask because he has respiratory problems, because from what I understand he only has one lung."
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) FAITHFUL WHO WAS IN THE AUDIENCE, FABIO BERGETTI SAYING:
“This Pope is the Pope of the people. We see that he is very close to the people and the people are very close to him. I don't see any looming danger in that."
Francis kissed the hands of newly ordained priests
and exchanged caps with the faithful
but he used hand sanitizer as he sat down