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St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020.

Italian police close St. Peter's Square to public

The Italian police closed St. Peter’s Square Tuesday following the Italian government decree extending quarantine measures to all of Italy... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta March 10, 2020.

Pope urges priests to bring Eucharist to sick during Italy coronavirus quarantine

At his morning Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis urged priests to bring the Eucharist to the sick and to accompany medical... Read more

Fordham University campus in New York City.

Fordham University suspends campus classes over coronavirus

The Jesuit university in The Bronx announced that the suspension will continue through Tuesday, March 10, after which all classes... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis' morning Mass livestreamed this week

Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass, offered in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives, is... Read more

St. Peter's Square following the announcement of a confirmed Covid-19 case on March 6, 2020.

Diocese of Rome cancels all public Masses, announces day of fasting and prayer

The Diocese of Rome has canceled all public Masses until April 3 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums closed until April 3

The Vatican Museums will be closed until April 3 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square watch video broadcast of the Angelus March 8, 2020.

Pope Francis: Be strong in faith amid coronavirus trial

In a video streamed live to St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed for those suffering from the "coronavirus epidemic" and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims after the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis will lead Sunday Angelus via video over coronavirus fears

Pope Francis will lead the Sunday Angelus prayer via video link, the Vatican has announced. The pope will also hold... Read more

Bishop Paul Swarbrick of Lancaster at his Mass of episcopal consecration and installation, April 9, 2018.

English bishop encourages faithful to receive in hand, or make spiritual Communion

The Bishop of Lancaster on Thursday issued a decree meant to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission at Mass, which... Read more

Visitors inside of St. Peter's Basilica March 2020.

Vatican City confirms first case of coronavirus

Vatican City has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.  Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.  Read more

The Pontifical University Santa Croce.

Pontifical universities close as coronavirus deaths in Italy surpass 100

Rome’s pontifical universities will temporarily shut down tomorrow, after Italy’s death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 100 people March 4.  Read more

Pope Francis during Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis has a 'common cold,' Vatican says, amid Italy's coronavirus outbreak

Pope Francis was reportedly tested for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, with negative results, an Italian newspaper said Tuesday.  Read more

Pilgrims stand in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 26, 2020.

Coronavirus postpones pope's global economic summit

The three-day conference, named for St. Francis and scheduled to meet in Assisi, was planned to take place March 26-28... Read more

Pope Francis offering Mass in Santa Marta today Feb. 28th, 2020.

Pope Francis works from home for second day

Pope Francis postponed his official audiences for Friday, but maintained his private meeting schedule at his residence in Vatican City.... Read more

Pilgrims stand in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 26, 2020.

Vatican City implements health measures over coronavirus

The Vatican has implemented special health measures and canceled some events as more than 500 people have tested positive for... Read more

Pedestrians wear surgical masks in Hong Kong following coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong Catholics told to look online as Mass cancelled across China

The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholics to make use of online resources following the cancellation of Masses in response to the... Read more

Milan Cathedral.

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of... Read more

People wearing surgical mask sitting in subway in Shanghai, China.

Bishops and aid agencies praise coronavirus response

American bishops and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have praised Vatican and U.S. responses to the coronavirus outbreak, and encouraged... Read more

Chinese churches closed in response to coronavirus 

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in China, church services in some areas have been cancelled for this weekend.  Read more