VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A small Catholic church in Italy responded to Pope Francis’ call for “a creativity of love” during the pandemic by projecting Easter Masses at a nearby cinema.

But Italians, still living under a tight lockdown due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, were quick to call foul, saying the decision was a slap in the face for all those people who haven’t been able to attend movies or plays for over a year.

The case highlights growing tensions between citizens and the Catholic Church in Italy, which has been allowed more leeway in recent months despite COVID-19 restrictions, with churches being open and celebrations allowed. At the same time, it airs the simmering tensions in the peninsula, struggling under the

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