By Deborah Castellano Lubov

“In regard to the activity of the Holy Father, of the Holy See and of Vatican City State, in the coming days measures are being studied, geared to avoiding the spread of COVID-19, and to implement them in coordination with those adopted by the Italian Authorities.”

Responding to journalists’ questions, Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, made this statement yesterday, March 5, 2020.

JUST IN: First Case of Coronavirus in the Vatican

Today, the Director confirmed in a subsequent statement that someone tested positive in the Vatican for the infection.

Pope Francis’ two important meetings–‘The Economy of Francesco’ meeting with young people in Assisi and a meeting with the Global Educational Alliance–have both been postponed until November and October, respectively.

According to a statement, the Diocese of Rome has suspended “non-sacramental activities” until March 15, namely, “the catechisms of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, the marriage preparation courses and accompaniment of couples, Retreats and Spiritual Exercises of young adolescents and adults and, in general, all group activities.”

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