- Sep 18, 2020
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.
The Italian bishops have criticized a new bill under consideration which criminalizes discrimination against homosexual and transsexual individuals, arguing that the legislation is unnecessary and would limit free expression of opinion.
While Catholics in Italy are enthusiastic about finally being able to attend Mass after a two months hiatus due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are several other areas of ecclesial life that are still on hold.