- Apr 9, 2020
A robust 68 percent of Italians said they support the suspension of public Masses to fight the transmission of the coronavirus, with only 23 percent opposed and 9 percent offering no opinion.
The Italian government has issued new regulations for access to religious venues, specifying that weddings and baptisms are permitted for tightly limited groups but that merely going to church is not a legitimate reason to be out of one’s home.
Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid Italy’s strict lockdown due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, police in recent days have slapped both priests and worshippers gathering at church to pray with citations for breaking quarantine rules, sparking concern among some about limitations this places of freedom of worship.
She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St. Corona.
Priests and religious are trying to bridge the forced distance between those who have died from COVID-19 and the people they leave behind.