LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE….
THE LATEST: A total ban on travel outside of town or city in which you are living, even if it is not your home residence or domicile. Literally everyone in Italy is in quarantine.
What I offer today is an amalgam of information gleaned from both Vatican news sources and secular papers about what is happening in our land in this coronavirus time. The EWTN Rome staff receives a copy of the Italian daily La Repubblica via Whatsapp and I loosely translated (with Google’s help) what I found on one page of today’s paper: a literal summary of what can be open in Italy and what must close – everything regarding activities, industries, institutions (government and not). You will see that under the title “MANDATORY CLOSURES AND REDUCED ACTIVITIES.”
Orate pro nobis! And we are praying for you!
A LITTLE BIT OF THIS, A LOT OF THAT…..
FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE: Until further notice, the Holy Mass, celebrated in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence at 7:00 every morning, the Angelus prayer and the Holy Father’s Wednesday General Audiences will be broadcast live on television by Vatican Media and streamed on the Vatican News website (www.vaticannews.va) and images of the events will be distributed by Vatican Media to the media who request them, in order to reach the faithful from all over the world.
FROM THE PAPAL ALMONER: This morning, the almsgiver of His Holiness went to the Generalate of the Daughters of San Camillo in Grottaferrata and to the Congregation of the Angelic Sisters of San Paolo on via Casilina. Since last Friday, both communities have been in isolation because many of the religious have been found positive for coronavirus. To make them feel the closeness and affection of the Holy Father in this moment of harsh trial and difficulty, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski brought some products of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo as a gift, such as fresh milk and yogurt. The same donation also took place for the John XXIII retirement home, managed by the Sisters of Charity Association. The facility was quarantined after finding two positive coronavirus cases among healthcare professionals.
FROM THE ITALIAN BISHOPS NEWSPAPER: Up to 30 priests have died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the country, according to the official newspaper of the Church there. Avvenire – the publication of the Italian bishops’ conference – reported that 28 priests were confirmed to have died from Covid-19, while two others died before they had been tested. All but three of the priests were over the age of 70, and more than half were over 80 years old. The youngest priest to die from coronavirus was 54 years old.
Eleven of the deceased priests come from the Diocese of Bergamo, where at least 15 other priests have been hospitalised, according to the local bishop. Bergamo was the diocese of which Fr Angelo Roncalli – later Pope St. John XXIII – was a priest. In a video message to his diocese, Bishop Francesco Beschi told parishioners that Pope Francis has been in touch with him to express solidarity.
SOLIDARITY BEYOND BORDERS
– March 13: Beijing sent 9 doctors and medical equipment.
– Sunday, March 22:, 52 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Milan and were sent today to t0020 the field hospital in Cremona.
– Sunday, March 22: 9 Ilyishin 76 cargo planes arrived from Russia with tons of medical equipment including respirators, and scores of doctors.
GOVERNMENT ORDINANCES IN A CORONAVIRUS ERA
MANDATORY CLOSURES AND REDUCED ACTIVITIES:
Reduced transport – Steelworks: at first included, then excluded: they remain closed. They are 70% of the metalworking companies in Italy – Stop to betting and sale of lottery tickets but tobacconists** remain open – Home renovations and private construction has also been blocked and moving must be postponed – Stop to production of clothes – Restaurants and bars have been closed since March 11 and this includes pubs, pizzerias, patisseries, ice cream parlors – Car, etc. rentals is stopped – Ports, airports, metro and stations are open (but not all at full capacity) – Museums, theaters and cinemas still suspended, although online offers have multiplied, including films, exhibits, virtual visits to museums and theatrical performances – Gyms, swimming pools, stadiums: All sport activity is frozen, including skiing facilities. Some jogging but most cities have big restrictions on runners – Smartworking: All activities related to suspended sectors may continue if organized remotely with smartworking.
** Tobacco stores here, in addition to selling cigarettes, lottery tickets, gum, candy, souvenirs and many small items, also perform services such as the payment of utility bills, the sale of bus tickets and passes, the updating of monthly bus passes, etc.
SERVICES AND INDUSTRIES THAT MAY REMAIN OPEN
Essential services: Health, law enforcement, transport, agri-food supply chain, public offices, post offices, banks, INPS, newsagents, tobacconists, hotels – Logistics and vigilance (on those services that) bring goods to businesses and families and also ensure surveillance – Agricultural-food sector: crops, production of animal products, fishing and aquaculture, food and beverage industry – Chemical, plastic, and paper industries (all chemical industries, not just pharmaceutical) – Rubber, plastic, paper, wooden packaging industries – Mechanics and textiles: All mechanics, not only those related to medical devices or the food chain. Textile tied to masks, suits and gowns. Shoes yes, clothing no – Maintenance of industrial systems, but also of domestic systems: plumbers, mechanics, electricians, etc. – Energy, water, gas, waste collection, sanitization and disinfection supplies – Commerce in food, newspapers, cigarettes, medicines, equipment for healthcare, agriculture, the oil industry – Other services: funeral companies, aerospace and defense, professionals, lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers – call centers, veterinarians, families who live with domestic workers.