In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time Friday, March 27.
By CAROL GLATZ, Catholic News Service
Published March 10, 2020
In cooperation with Italian emergency measures, the Vatican has closed St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to tourists through April 3. The new measure, announced March 10, was the latest move by the Vatican to help stop the spread of the coronavirus by reducing access to places that attract large groups.
By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Published February 13, 2020
Fifteen bishops from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina spent close to three hours with Pope Francis Feb. 13 as part of their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican.
Published February 6, 2020
The beatitudes are a path to joy and true happiness mapped out by Jesus for all of humanity, Pope Francis said. “It is difficult not to be touched by these words,” the pope said Jan. 29 during his weekly general audience.
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