FROM THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE

Basically a confirmation of what I posted earlier this morning…

FROM THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE

Information on upcoming papal events:

With regard to events of coming days, the Angelus of the Holy Father on Sunday March 8 will take place from the Library of the Apostolic Palace and not in the square, from the window. The prayer will be broadcast live via Vatican News and on screens in St. Peter’s Square and distributed by Vatican Media to the media that request it, so as to allow the participation of the faithful.

The general audience of Wednesday March 11 will take place in the same way. These choices are necessary to avoid risks of spreading COVID-19 due to gatherings during the security checks for access to the square, and as requested by Italian authorities.

In compliance with the provisions of the Health and Hygiene Department of Vatican City State, the participation of guests at (the daily papal) Masses in Santa Marta will be suspended until Sunday 15 March. The Holy Father will celebrate the Eucharist privately.

UPDATE ON THE VATICAN AND CORONAVIRUS

UPDATE ON THE VATICAN AND CORONAVIRUS

The Vatican Apostolic Archives that on Monday, March 2 opened the historic archives of the Pius XII papacy to scholars and researchers, has now closed the study rooms until further notice, according to one researcher who had received permission to study the archives.

I await confirmation as I write but it seems that the Vatican is thinking of transmitting the Sunday Angelus via television and streaming on its website and/or Youtube page in order to avoid bringing large crowds of people to St. Peter’s Square as happens on Sundays when the Pope appears at his study window at noon.

The Pope’s Wednesday general audience has been cancelled for the coming week. There is a possibility that that event will also be transmitted via the Vatican Youtube page. The Vatican has said it will conform to Italian government directives on matters relating to the coronavirus crisis. The government is doing all possible to avoid bringing people together in large crowds and in fact, has ordered that soccer matches and other games played in stadiums not take place in front of an audience. Games can be played and will be transmitted on TV but no spectators allowed in stadiums.

Several Vatican events scheduled for coming weeks and months have been set at later dates, mostly because the meetings involved bringing hundreds if not more, people into Rome and the Vatican from around the world.

Stay tuned….