Praying in a desolately empty St Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient. According to him, the pandemic has instead left "all of us fragile and disoriented". Francis led a special prayer service on the steps of St Peter's Basilica, usually reserved for two times of the year — on Christmas and at Easter. Francis also kissed a wooden crucifix that was carried in religious processions in Rome during an early 16th-century plague. The Vatican has confirmed four cases of Covid-19 so far.