Bishop Vergez said that all Vatican Museums employees have continued to receive their salaries during the closure at the insistence of Pope Francis.
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Speaking from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis offered advice for discerning the Lord’s voice from other voices of temptation or distraction.
Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris venerated the cathedral’s relic of Christ’s crown of thorns inside the damaged cathedral on Good Friday.
Cardinal Tagle thanked the Caritas staff and volunteers who are taking care of those affected by the coronavirus in a coordinated global effort to aid the sick and the vulnerable.
Before the blessing, Pope Francis offered the Solemn Mass of Easter at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica without the presence of the public due to the coronavirus.
After the Red Cross evacuated 19 sisters in the community to a hospital on March 12, the remaining Little Missionary Sisters of Charity were placed under quarantine in another residence.
As restaurants, shopping centers, factories, and other businesses close, the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak have rippled across the globe in 2020.
The vicar general explained that banning access to all churches in the diocese for three weeks could create “a greater sense of insecurity” among Catholics during this time of crisis.
Sponsored by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, the event will take place May 16-24.