Coronavirus

Pope composes prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic

Here is a CNS translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video March 11 for a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Outside Italy, European churches begin guidance to halt COVID-19 spread

Catholic churches across Europe are suspending the sign of peace during Mass in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus.
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Baltimore seminarian returns from Rome as Marylanders prepare for coronavirus threat

Deacon Justin Gough, a Baltimore seminarian studying in Rome, has just returned home after spending the last few weeks amid the serious outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Italy -- an experience that has taught him not to panic but also not to underestimate the threat of Covid-19.
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Pope urges priests to tend to sick, health care workers during epidemic

Pope Francis prayed that priests would find the courage to visit those who are sick and offer accompaniment to health care professionals and volunteers working during the coronavirus epidemic while also keeping themselves and others safe.
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Vatican closes St. Peter’s Square, Basilica to tourists through April 3

In cooperation with Italian emergency measures, the Vatican has closed St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to tourists starting March 10 through April 3.
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Vatican closes museums, beefs up measures to stop virus spread

The Vatican has instituted new measures and closures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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Person tests positive for coronavirus in Vatican City

The Vatican health clinic was closed temporarily after a person tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican announced.
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Bethlehem holy sites to be closed after COVID-19 reported at hotel

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem urged its faithful to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, following its order March 5 to close all schools, universities, mosques and churches, including the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd's field.
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As COVID-19 spreads, Catholic entities worldwide take precautions

Catholic aid agencies are protecting their staff's safety as they increase their worldwide efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
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Archdiocese to suspend sign of peace, consecrated wine at Masses as coronavirus precautions

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking several steps this week to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus as more cases are reported in the United States.
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Northern Italian dioceses take drastic measures against coronavirus

With the biggest two days of celebration and costume parades left, the famous pre-Lenten "Carnevale" of Venice was canceled as were Ash Wednesday services and even funeral Masses throughout the diocese.
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CRS health official keeps close eye on coronavirus

Suzanne Van Hulle, the global public health expert for Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, is paying particularly close attention to the spread of the virus, also called COVID-19, to ensure CRS staff members in Asia are safe.
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