- Apr 3, 2020
One of Asia’s top prelates has laid the blame for the coronavirus on the doorstep of China’s communist government, saying it has the “primary responsibility” for the pandemic which has put much of the world under lockdown.
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.
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.
On Friday the Vatican published the official schedule for Pope Francis’s Holy Week liturgies, which will all be livestreamed from St. Peter’s Basilica without faithful due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Among the latest casualties of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Italy are five sisters belonging to a convent in the country’s northern Piedmont region, prompting the immediate isolation and quarantine of the remaining nuns.
Catholics need to keep the poor, vulnerable and isolated at the “forefront of our minds” during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, according the head of England’s Caritas Social Action Network.