- Jul 13, 2020
As one of Italy’s hardest-hit regions by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic opens an inquiry into how the outbreak started and whether it could have been prevented, local pastors are remembering the deceased with a summer of Masses.
Public liturgies were suspended throughout most of Latin America in March to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and ever since there have been campaigns to “bring back the Mass,” and discussions between bishops conferences and governments to see if churches – and other houses of prayer – can be opened.
After urging compliance the day before, it did not escape attention that Pope Francis didn’t quite follow suit in his public Mass Monday, held in St. Peter’s Basilica before the tomb of St. John Paul II to mark the centenary of his predecessor’s birth.
One hundred years after the birth of Saint John Paul II, Pope Francis called the Polish Pope a gift to the church and a model example of a pastor who prays, is close to his people and who exercises both justice and mercy.
On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that with public Masses set to resume in Italy this weekend as coronavirus restrictions ease, Pope Francis’s daily Masses at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta will no longer be livestreamed.
As the number of global COVID-19 coronavirus infections continues to rise, notably among healthcare workers, Pope Francis in his daily Mass Tuesday offered special prayers for nurses on International Nurses Day.