- May 27, 2020
However silly or politically opportunistic, one reason populist politicians get traction when they raise the question of restarting normal Church life is because they seem to be the only ones talking about it.
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.
On the same day Italy surpassed China in the number of fatalities related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Pope Francis joined the Italian bishops in a nationwide prayer for an end to the outbreak, offering special prayers for families and the elderly.
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis’s Vicar for Rome, issued a statement Thursday night indicating that as part of the effort to resist transmission of the coronavirus, all churches in Rome, whether used as a parish or not, will be closed until at least April 3.
The Vicariate of Rome has announced the suspension of all public Masses in the Eternal City until April 3 in the wake of another spike in Italy’s number of cases and fatalities due to the coronavirus.
As Italian regional officials canceled school and major public events over the weekend following a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, Church officials have urged citizens to adhere to restrictions set in place, saying they are close to the families impacted.