Coronavirus intervened in the homily of Pope Francis

the spread of the coronavirus in Italy led to changes in established religious traditions — Pope Francis first began to read the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, reports Vatican News website.

address to the faithful, was broadcast from the library of the Apostolic Palace on a large screen installed in St Peter’s square. Traditionally, before the Angelus prayer, the Pontiff addressed the faithful. This time, he explained such precautions-spreading coronavirus and precautions. At the end of the prayer, the Pope again expressed his unity with those who “suffer from an epidemic”, and everyone who helps to fight with her. “The time of lent helps us all to understand the gospel sense even in this time of testing and pain,” the Pope said, and added that the faithful need these hard times to survive with the help of “power, faith, confidence, hope, and love.”

the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy Giuseppe Conte last night signed a new decree on measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Order valid till 3 April and restricts entry and exit from the Lombardy region and 14 provinces in the Northern regions of Veneto (including Venice), Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Marche. In these regions close to the ski resorts. Throughout Italy closed museums and exhibitions limited to the work of the restaurants and other eateries. According to the latest official data, in Italy the novel coronavirus has infected 5883 people, of whom 589 had recovered, died, 233.

the Russian Embassy in Rome again has addressed to Russians with the request to listen to the recommendations of the foreign Ministry and temporarily to refrain from trips to Italy.