- Mar 31, 2020
On the same day that she had a private meeting with Pope Francis, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Facebook endorsed a campaign to help the poor during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak launched by the Rome office of Catholic charitable organization Caritas Internationalis.
In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, a group of women ambassadors accredited to the Holy See decided to honor a very British custom last week, with a twist of modernity: a Zoom meeting at tea time.
While Rome is under lockdown, one person drives hundreds of miles a day through the empty streets of the Italian capital, picking up food from factories and businesses and delivering them personally to the city’s poor.
As the world continues to grapple to determine what is the best response to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter to an Argentine judge saying that despite being an “economic disaster,” life has to be prioritized over the economy as not to provoke a “virionic genocide.”
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.
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.