Nordic Lutheran and Catholic bishops have raised their voices on the coronavirus and migrant crises, warning that although “a virus must be combated… “this does not apply to people who are seeking safe refuge”.
The Pope offered a prayer to the Virgin Mary on Wednesday afternoon, in a video message to mark the Diocese of Rome’s day of prayer and fasting for the coronavirus emergency.
The Vatican today lamented the “serious inequalities” between countries in sectors such as the economy and healthcare that have been highlighted by the coronavirus crisis, at the same time that it decried the “stigmatisation” of victims of the COVID-19 disease, which it recalled “knows no boundaries or skin colour”.
Pope Francis today in the general audience pleaded for the coronavirus “epidemic” not to obscure the plight of the “poor Syrians… suffering on the Greek-Turkish border”. A people, the Pope said of the Syrians, “who have been suffering for years” and who are “forced to flee from war, hunger, and disease”.
Pope Francis has written an open letter, published in Padua’s daily newspaper, expressing his prayer and closeness to all those…
Pope Francis introduced Tuesday’s morning liturgy by asking that we pray for “all those who are sick, medical personnel, all those suffering from the coronavirus epidemic”.
Italian Church group head questions coronavirus Mass suspensions: “Can the State decide on ceremonies in churches?”
The Pope’s ‘Robin Hood’, papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, has praised the “care for every life” palpable in citizens’ and authorities’ response to the coronavirus crisis in Italy, as the Bishops in that country have cancelled public Masses at least until April 3.
Yesterday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis had decided that his 7:00 morning Mass would be broadcast in these days.
From the Library in the Apostolic Palace – instead of his habitual window in the papal apartments, to protect him from the coronavirus threat – Pope Francis on Sunday in the Angelus prayer expressed his “great apprehension” over the “inhuman situation” of Syrian refugees, as well as his “closeness” to sufferers of COVID-19 and their caregivers.
The Holy See Press Office issued a statement on Saturday afternoon regarding the coronavirus, announcing that “With regard to the events of the coming days, the prayer of the Angelus of the Holy Father on Sunday 8 March will take place from the Library of the Apostolic Palace and not in the Square, from the window”.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, told reporters on Friday morning that the Vatican’s healthcare services have been temporarily shuttered to disinfect facilities used for outpatient services. The Emergency department remains open. He said the measures were taken after a patient tested positive with the Covid-19 coronavirus on Thursday.
The man known as the ‘Pope whisperer’ has called on the faithful to activate Catholic “antibodies” against populist exploitations of the coronavirus scare.
A French bishop has deplored the fearmongering around the coronavirus, lamenting that with the panic “it seems we’ve all lost our minds!”.
The closure of so many churches in Northern Italy, the suspension of the masses, the funerals with only family members and measures of this kind have left me a certain bitterness.
Coronavirus fears have claimed the March and May running of education and economy events planned by Pope Francis, even though the pontiff himself has reportedly tested negative for the virus while still maintaining a limited agenda as he recovers from a cold.
Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola has dismissed the conspiracy theory that coronavirus is “divine punishment”.
The coronavirus threat has forced the postponement of the first ‘ecumenical Mass’ in the Geneva cathedral in 500 years.
The ‘Economy of Francesco’ event in Assisi could be the next coronavirus domino to fall as organisers and Vatican authorities study the possibility of postponing the conference planned for March 26-28.
Bishops in the north of Italy have said the cancellation of Ash Wednesday services in the region this February 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak are a reminder of human “fragility”, but also an “occasion for grace”.
In his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the coronavirus, for “peace” in the “battlefield with wars on each side” that is Iraq, and for the 1,200 Air Italy employees under the threat of mass layoffs after the airline entered into liquidation.
The Archbishop of Milan has criticised the “alarmism” and the apathy for victims in poorer countries as the coronavirus outbreak sweeps over Italy, Europe and the wider world, forcing the Vatican to also take measures to prevent the spread of the disease.