SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Answering questions from journalists, Holy See Press Office Director, Matteo Bruni, said: “In relation to the particular situation due to the risk of spread of Covid-19, the Holy Father has ordered that the Masses celebrated by him privately in Santa Marta in the coming days will be transmitted live through the Vatican News player, and distributed by Vatican Media to connected media and to those who request it, to allow those who wish to follow the celebrations in union of prayer with the Bishop of Rome.”

The papal Masses will be transmitted from 7 to 8 am, Rome time.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8: In coordination with measures launched by Italian Authorities, some measures have been taken today to avoid the spread of Covid-19 to be observed in the dicasteries and other entities of the Holy See or connected to it and in the Governorate of Vatican City State. These measures include the precautionary closure, until April 3, 2020, of the Vatican Museums, the Excavation Office (scavi), the Museum of the Pontifical Villas and the museum centers of the pontifical basilicas. On this occasion, it is reiterated that to date a single positive case of Covid-19 has been confirmed by an external person who had gone to the Health and Hygiene center for a pre-employment medical examination and that the 5 people who had had close contact with them are in precautionary quarantine.