- Sep 25, 2020
On Sunday Pope Francis made his own an appeal issued by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, calling for a global ceasefire to armed conflicts amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, allowing humanitarian aid to reach those most vulnerable to infection.
In one fell swoop Friday night, Francis not only delivered what seems destined to become the most iconic image of the pandemic, he effectively shut down what had been a mounting undercurrent of criticism about the supposed “invisibility” and “silence” of the Church.
While so many are becoming neo-prophets of doom and gloom, and as hearts sink beneath the weight of fear and anxiety, Christian believers – now more than ever – are summoned to speak and proclaim glad tidings and words of joyful hope to their neighbors.
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.
On Saturday Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed media reports that an official living at the same residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, insisting that the pope himself and those close to him do not have it.
When health officials recommended self-isolation to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Ali Hoffman and her parents, Michael and Michele, found themselves quarantined in their Fort Worth-area home. In their boredom, they donned their “party pants” and filmed a short video of themselves dancing in the kitchen to “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne.