Colleen Dulle March 11, 2020
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.
A woman wearing a mask for protection from the coronavirus watches as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 1, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell March 07, 2020
These changes correspond to Italian government restrictions on large public gatherings to limit transmission of coronavirus.
The Friday reflections in Lent, like in Advent, usually are led by the official "preacher of the papal household," who, for the past 40 years, has been Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
Sebastian Gomes March 06, 2020
What became clear over these past seven years is Francis’ unrelenting commitment to creating opportunities for open and mutual encounters between him and others.
People wearing masks for protection from the coronavirus tour the Vatican Museums at the Vatican Feb. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell March 06, 2020
The normal services of the health and hygiene sector of the Vatican city-state were “temporarily suspended” following yesterday’s positive test for Covid-19 on one patient in order “to sanitize the areas.”
Several visitors enter an empty security queue before visiting St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 4. Visitors and pilgrims to churches, museums and landmarks in Rome have sharply declined following an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in northern Italy. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)
Gerard O’Connell March 05, 2020
In a small indication of how rapidly the contagion is affecting Italy, by the time the Vatican spokesman sent his communique to the media, the number of victims had risen dramatically—the total number of cases rising to 3,858 and deaths to 148.