- Apr 5, 2020
It’s only been three months since the origin of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China, and it’s only been a few weeks since what was originally perceived as largely a Chinese problem became a global phenomenon.
In a new letter dated Friday morning, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said he’d met with Francis, who urged him to look beyond healthcare considerations in closing the churches of Rome to consider the risk that “people will feel even more isolated” if they can’t even go to church to pray.
In The Innocents Abroad, published two years later, Twain described a package tour of France, Italy, The Papal States, and the Holy Land. He went during a cholera epidemic.
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.
Honestly, there’s a sort of fin de siècle vibe about Rome these days, a sense that one should enjoy life while it’s still possible because the world is crumbling beneath our feet.
The Vatican just committed one of the most flabbergasting PR gaffes in recent memory – which, by the way, is saying a fair bit – yet due to the coronoavirus, so far it’s been virtually ignored.