Corpus Christi Day faithful take to the streets despite the virus

The faithful keep their distance during celebration in Kraków. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Believers took to the streets across Poland to celebrate Corpus Christi on June 11 despite the country still struggling to put a lid on the coronavirus outbreak.

The pandemic, however, did lead to some events being muted as precautions limited the size and scope of the popular and colourful processions that are the general hallmark of the occasion.

Some dioceses cancelled street processions while others went ahead with them, but with organisers stressing the need for participants to adhere to social distancing regulations and remain at least two metres apart—an appeal that did not always work.

Warsaw scrapped the grand procession although people could move from church to church, but in Kraków public events went ahead although in a rather dispersed and scaled down manner.

Virus fears failed to stop some people from receiving communion.Abaca/PAP

A procession in Bydgoszcz.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Poznań marks the occasion.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski leads the service in Kraków.Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Highlanders celebrate Corpus Christi.Grzegorz Momot/PAP

A procession crosses Warsaw’s Old Town Square.Leszek Szymański/PAP

Despite the virus some people crowded together.Leszek Szymański/PAP

A procession in Kraków illustrates the pageantry of day.Łukasz Gągulski/PAP