The event marking the first centenary of the Polish pope’s birth may be the only cultural event of the Eternal City for this anniversary because of COVID-19 restrictions.
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A minute of silence will be observed to remember the victims of wars and of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bambino Gesù Hospital announced the successful separation surgery July 7, saying it was the first operation of its kind in Italy and probably the world.
Christian Schaller, deputy head of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute, told Regensburg diocese that during the pope emeritus’ visit to his former home “memories awoke.”
Pope Francis said it was very close to his heart to protect the dignity of those hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic.
After the bishops expressed frustration over the ‘arbitrary’ exclusion of religious ceremonies from a new timetable for relaxing the nation’s lockdown rules, it now appears restricted public liturgies will resume soon.
Cardinal Bassetti noted that it is the task of pastors to guide their flocks, “but often it is the flock, the Christian people, who push their pastors, as occurred in this case.”
Father Purgatorio says he has been livestreaming Masses and daily spiritual talks throughout the quarantine, but had the idea to offer Mass from the church terrace for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
The emergency measures came into effect Tuesday morning and followed a March 7 quarantine of the northern part of the country that has been hardest hit by the virus.