- Jan 20, 2021
Father Ivan Maffeis, spokesman for the Italian bishops’ conference, has said officials Friday met with representatives of the Italian Interior Ministry to discuss the gradual return to a normal
sacramental life, with specific regard to Mass and funerals, though no date has been projected.
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.
Bishops and the government in Italy just collaborated on guidelines for what to do with unused churches now up for sale, and the main takeaway, unsurprisingly, is a clear preference for turning them into libraries and community centers versus hotels, discos or nightclubs.
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.
Two Italian bishops are currently making waves after issuing public statements allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments and apologizing for having “ignored” these couples in parish life, insisting that their decisions are in line with Pope Francis’s own view.
An infusion of $1.1 million will benefit humanitarian programs, the resettlement of refugees and internally displaced people, and peacebuilding efforts in violence-ravaged communities in South Sudan under a program initiated by the Italian bishops’ conference.