- Dec 3, 2020
As European leaders are discussing how to handle holiday festivities, including Mass, given the current pandemic, Italy’s bishops have voiced confidence that whatever new measures might be taken, Christmas liturgies will still be available.
Italian Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti has shown slight improvements in his fight against COVID-19.
Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.
The committee in charge of drafting coronavirus restrictions for the Italian government has given the bishops permission to drop the use of gloves while distributing communion as well as the requirement for spouses to wear masks during weddings.
The Italian bishops’ conference has distributed another 10 million euros ($11.2 million) to the dioceses in northern Italy hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.