Podcast: What is it like living in Rome during the coronavirus lockdown?

Women wearing masks for protection from the coronavirus cross St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 9, 2020. St. Peter's Basilica is still open, but the Vatican has closed the Vatican Museums, the necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica, museums at the pontifical villa at Castel Gandolfo, and the museums of the papal basilicas until April 3 as measures to contain the coronavirus. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Vatican City reported its first case of coronavirus last week after a non-Vatican resident passed through its medical center for a routine medical evaluation. Over the weekend, the Italian government announced a total lockdown and a ban on public gatherings, advising residents not to leave their homes. On “Inside the Vatican” this week, America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell details what it’s like living in Rome under the lockdown and how the Holy See and the pope are handling the crisis.

Advertisement

Listen and subscribe on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The Vatican has also announced that the 2022 synod of bishops will focus on the theme of “synodality.” Gerry and I explain what synodality is, where the idea came from, and why Pope Francis is choosing to hold what some have jokingly called a “meta-synod.”

[Explore all of America’s in-depth coverage of the coronavirus pandemic]

We also give an update on Cardinal George Pell’s final appeal, which will be brought to Australia’s High Court this week.

Links from the show:

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

Catholic chaplains fighting a different battle in World War I: the fight against Spanish influenza
Bernard J. McNamaraMarch 28, 2020
Pope Francis and his closest collaborators do not have Covid-19, but a sixth employee has tested positive, following tests carried out “on more than 170 employees of the Holy See.”
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 28, 2020
In the first special coronavirus update episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell and producer Colleen Dulle discuss Pope Francis’ unprecedented “urbi et orbi” blessing given Friday, March 27.
Colleen DulleMarch 28, 2020
It is a catastrophic failure of imagination and moral responsibility to act as if we are unable to learn what we need to know to make a better decision.
The EditorsMarch 27, 2020