Priest flies statue of saint over Italian town to give socially distanced blessing – Latest News

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He brought along the town’s patron saint, Saint Vito, to give blessings as the religious parades which were organised for the day had been banned by the country’s coronavirus regulations.

Priest Gaetano Amore, 47, was filmed flying over the town of Polignano a Mare in the metropolitan city of Bari, southern Italy’s Apulia region on Monday, June 15.

Priest Gaetano Amore said the Italian government banned all religious parades due to coronavirus so he decided to take the statue of Saint Vito up to the sky to give blessings

The figure of the patron saint, Saint Vito, looked down over the town from the plane

Priest Gaetano Amore gave blessings to the residents from the plane

An Italian priest has decided to get on a plane with a statue of a Christian saint to carry out a socially distanced blessing for the residents.

The statue is positioned in a way that it can look down over the residents through a window.

Footage shows priest Amore, also known as “Mister Volare” [Mister Fly], sitting at the front of the Socata TB-9 light single engine piston aircraft with the statue of Saint Vito being secured at the back.

A second one added: “There are no words to thank you for this beautiful gesture… thanks.”

A local resident said: “Thanks Don Gaetano, this is beautiful, Saint Vito protecting all of us, amen.”

Prayers can be heard in the background and local residents were quick to thank the priest for the blessing on social media.

“Saint Vito not only in the sea but also in the air, thanks Don Gaetano,” a third commented.

Priests in Ukraine poured holy water from a truck to give blessings to stay-at-home residents.

In the UK, a “portable” priest drove around his neighbourhood to carry out a mobile church service to the residents during the pandemic.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Italy has registered 237,828 cases of Covid-19 and 34,448 related deaths.

The figure of the patron saint, Saint Vito, looked down over the town from the plane

Priest Gaetano Amore gave blessings to the residents from the plane

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