"Despite this loss," Bishop DiMarzio said, "we will continue to press our leaders for policies that consider the individual circumstances of houses of worship."
The Vatican statement also added that pandemic health measures issued by the Holy See and the Governorate of Vatican City continue to be followed and "the health of all Casa Santa Marta residents is constantly monitored."
Bishop DiMarzio said that the diocese worked with public health officials over the summer to implement safety measures in reopening churches.
All of the speakers at the anti-trafficking symposium stressed that the economic impact of the pandemic had increased vulnerability for populations already prone to labor trafficking and hindered aid organizations in delivering their services to victims of human trafficking.
On Wednesday, Bishop DiMarzio said that “going to Church should absolutely be considered essential,” and that churches shouldn’t be “grouped with non-essential services like theaters and recreational facilities.”
The Catholic Trust for England and Wales, the legal entity for the bishops’ conference, will receive almost $4 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund.
Last week, more than 30 senators led by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., filed an amicus brief in support of the church, and condemning D.C’s “selective enforcement” of health rules.
Gov. Cuomo last week threatened to close religious institutions if they did not agree to and enforce public health rules proposed by the city, once the rules were enacted.
In addition, three other residents or citizens of Vatican City State tested positive for the virus, said Holy See press office.