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Francis recited the Regina Caeli prayer at the window of the Apostolic Palace in Rome in front of around 200 people, including a group of nuns wearing face masks.
In recent weeks, the Pope has broadcasted his Sunday noon remarks via TV, radio and the internet from a lectern inside the palace.
He said that he has missed being able to speak to people directly.
“Thank God, we can gather in this square again. I have to say, I miss the square,” Francis said.
"Thank God and thank you for your presence.”
Italy’s lockdown measures have not yet come to an end and include a ban on public gatherings. But prime minister Mario Draghi has announced a loosening of measures from 26 April.
Outdoor dining at cafés and restaurants in regions where the Covid-19 outbreak has been showing signs of improvement is set to reopen. A 10pm curfew will remain in place.
Currently, around 15,000 new Covid-19 cases are being reported across the country each day.