- Sep 19, 2020
ROME — Pope Francis’ vicar for Rome has tested positive for the coronavirus in the first case of a cardinal close to the pope known to be infected. Cardinal Angelo De Donatis had been in touch with Francis in recent weeks — apparently not in person, however — over the
Less than 24 hours after the Diocese of Rome issued a decree closing all churches to stop the spread of the coronavirus, officials walked that decision back, saying the decision came out of a meeting with Pope Francis.
Confronting and not giving in to bitterness helps priests realize that they are not all-powerful beings but sinners who have been forgiven and called by God, Pope Francis said.
The papal vicar for Rome has asked every pastor in the diocese to form a “pastoral team” of about a dozen “courageous explorers” to help launch a new neighborhood missionary outreach.
A formal call for testimony has been issued, the first step of an investigation into the possible sainthood of Chiara Corbella Petrillo, a young Italian mother who died in 2012.
Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Angelo De Donatis to run the Diocese of Rome. A noted spiritual director in the diocese, he was chosen to lead the first Lenten spiritual exercises of the pontificate in 2014. In 2015, Francis himself consecrated De Donatis as an auxiliary bishop for the diocese.