Pope Francis prays after leading the recitation of the rosary during a prayer service at the Lourdes grotto in the Vatican Gardens on May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 30, 2020
Pope Francis led the recitation of rosary and asked Mary to intercede to save the world from the pandemic in the Vatican Gardens at a replica of the grotto at Lourdes, France.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 29, 2020
The closure of the museums dealt a major financial blow to the Vatican; more than 6 million people visit the museums each year, generating an income of more than $100 million.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 28, 2020
Following the apostolic visitation of a northern Italian ecumenical monastery, the Vatican has ordered the founder and former prior, Enzo Bianchi, to leave it so as to "clarify" the leadership of the community.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 18, 2020
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the tomb of his sainted predecessor, John Paul II, on the occasion of the centenary of the Polish pope's birth. For the first time since the pandemic started, the general public was admitted into St. Peter's Basilica, but with sanitary protocols observed.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 14, 2020
During his early morning Mass, Pope Francis joined leaders of every religion marking May 14 as a day of prayer, fasting and acts of charity to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 08, 2020
In Italy, the pandemic presents economic and social challenges, especially when it comes to food distribution, hygiene, and employment.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceMay 01, 2020
On the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis prayed for all those who work and said that "human work is the vocation received from God."
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 29, 2020
In the homily he offered during his morning Mass on April 28, Pope Francis expressed the hope that people will be socially responsible once the pandemic restrictions begin to be lifted.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 27, 2020
As of May 4, small funerals will be allowed, individuals will be permitted to visit family members, most factories will reopen and people will be able to go to a restaurant to order food to take away.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceApril 25, 2020
Pope Francis wrote two new prayers to Mary that can be recited at the end of the rosary, prayers he said he would be reciting "in spiritual union with all of you."