- Apr 4, 2020
On Saturday the bishop of Italian diocese of Turin announced that after receiving several requests, he would expose what is believed to be Jesus’s burial shroud during Holy Week, allowing believers to venerate it through television and social media.
Italians sitting down for dinner and turning on the evening news were greeted by Pope Francis. RAI state TV broadcast a recorded message from the pope, who said: “Let pray to the Lord for all those who are tried in Italy and in the world” by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As anxieties over the COVID-19 coronavirus grow higher and national restrictions are extended, one Italian nun has made it her mission to bring a smile to children and their parents through a series of daily livestreamed puppet shows.
A robust 68 percent of Italians said they support the suspension of public Masses to fight the transmission of the coronavirus, with only 23 percent opposed and 9 percent offering no opinion.
Despite a news blackout, it’s not difficult to guess what was on the agenda for Monday’s conversation between Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and it can be summarized in two words: “Now” and “then.”
On the same day that she had a private meeting with Pope Francis, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Facebook endorsed a campaign to help the poor during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak launched by the Rome office of Catholic charitable organization Caritas Internationalis.