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POPE ATTENDS FUNERAL MASS OF FORMER PAPAL ALMONER. Pope Francis, on Thursday morning, participated privately at the funeral Mass of Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto, held at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Archbishop Prieto died on 10 April at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital at the age of 84. He served as Papal Almoner from 2007 to 2012 under Pope Benedict XVI. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin presided at the Mass.

POPE TO RETURN TO STUDY WINDOW FOR REGINA COELI. Sunday, April 18, will see Pope Francis, once again reappearing at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square, to lead the recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer with the faithful gathered in the Square. The fluctuating course of the pandemic and the precautionary measures taken by the Italian government to curb the spread of the virus, have resulted in the Pope connecting in many occasions with the faithful exclusively through the media from the library of the Apostolic Palace. Last year’s first lockdown kept the faithful away from Bernini’s colonnade between March 8 and May 24, with the Pope leading Sunday prayers via live streaming from the Library of the Apostolic Palace.

POPE FRANCIS: “BRAZIL’S COVID CRISIS HAS LEFT NO ONE UNTOUCHED”. In a video message to the country’s Bishops’ Conference, meeting in its 58th general assembly, Pope Francis urged Brazil’s bishops to help reconcile the nation and comfort the many people whose lives have been affected by the pandemic. Intended as a message for “all Brazilians,” the Pope said Brazil is undergoing “one of the most difficult trials in its history.” He expressed his closeness to the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost a loved one due to Covid-19. “Young people and elderly, fathers and mothers, health care providers and volunteers, Church ministers, the rich and the poor,” he said, “the pandemic has left no one untouched in its trail of suffering.” Brazil has confirmed over 13.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 361,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE TO EXPLORE HOLISTIC PATH TO HEALTH.Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health” is the title of an international event that will bring together physicians, scientists, ethicists, religious leaders, patient rights advocates, policymakers, philanthropists and commentators to discuss the latest breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare as well as the human implications and cultural impact of technological advances. Jointly organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the “Cura Foundation” – an organization of healthcare experts whose mission it is to improve human health and increase quality of life globally, it will take place in a virtual format from May 6 to 8, 2021.  Detailed information can be found on the website of the Pontifical Council for Culture and at VaticanConference2021.org.