Sunday, March 8, 2020

Vatican Announces New Precautionary measures due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Pope Francis’ Angelus, General Audience to be streamed
The Press Office of the Holy See announces changes with regard to the Pope’s activities in coming days. The new provisions have been undertaken as precautionary measures in view of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
By Vatican News

The Holy See Press Office issued a statement on Saturday afternoon, announcing that “With regard to the events of the coming days, the prayer of the Angelus of the Holy Father on Sunday 8 March will take place from the Library of the Apostolic Palace and not in the Square, from the window. The prayer will be streamed live by Vatican News and on screens in St. Peter's Square, and distributed by Vatican Media to the media who request it, so as to allow the participation of the faithful. The General Audience on Wednesday, March 11 will be held in the same manner”.

The statement explains that these decisions were made at the request of Italian authorities, and “are necessary in order to avoid the risk of the spread of COVID-19 due to large groups of people gathering at security checks for access to the Square.” Further, the Press Office says, “in compliance with the provisions of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene of Vatican City State, the participation of the faithful in the Masses in Santa Marta will be suspended until Sunday 15 March. The Holy Father will celebrate the Eucharist privately”.

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