The Brazilian Catholic Church paid tribute to health personnel this Sunday in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and dressed the Christ the Redeemer as a doctor thanks to images that were projected on the sculpture that crowns Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro. With churches closed due to restrictions on the movement of people imposed by local authorities to contain the spread of the pandemic, Cardinal Orani Tempesta held an almost solitary ceremony at the foot of Christ, 709 meters above sea level and with a privileged view of the entire city.
In addition, it was a way to ask Brazilians to stay home to stop the spread of the virus, in a country where its president, Jair Bolsonaro, has played down the disease on several occasions. Images were projected on the statue with flags of the countries most affected by the pandemic, such as Spain, China, the United States, Italy and Brazil itself, and messages written by children that read “everything will be fine.”
A few hours before the ceremony in Corcovado, the rector of the Sanctuary of the Christ the Redeemer, Omar Raposo, launched a blessing to the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro from a helicopter that flew over the city for about an hour.