The Coronavirus ( COVID-19) has now finally reached the Vatican city. The number of cases has now risen to 4 from a single case earlier. The land of Pope Francis is in danger who is believed to bless and pray for everyone is now in danger.
“At present moment, there are 4 positive cases of COVID 19”, said the director of the Holy see press office, Matteo Bruni, told reporters on Tuesday , 24th march 2020.
These 4 cases include one of the earlier cases that surfaced on 6th March 2020. The new cases include an employee of the merchandise office and the two employees of the Vatican Museum.
Furthermore, Bruni added, that all the surfaced COVID 19 cases were isolated before finding out that they were the positive cases. And now they are being treated in Italian hospitals or at home.
With all the new positive cases surfacing recently, Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the holy week liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica without anyone’s participation. He will celebrate this event at the altar of the St. Peter’s chair, located behind the main altar of the Basilica.
The announcement was made by the Vatican on March 27, 2020, explaining the reason for doing so. In their announcement, they made it clear that this is a precaution to cope with the national level emergency situation.
The Vatican was clear with their verdict on the holy week liturgies that only Pope Francis will celebrate this holy week without any intervention and physical presence of the lay faithful in the celebration.
However, it is expected that some priests will be present at the celebration to help Pope Francis with the ceremony.
On April 10th, 2020, Good Friday, Pope Francis will celebrate Passion of the Lord in the basilica.
On April 11th, 2020, Francis will celebrate Easter Vigil.
And finally on Easter Sunday morning, April 12th, he will celebrate the mass of resurrection.
According to the sources, Pope Francis will open the holy week celebration on the palm Sunday, 5th April 2020. The celebration will start at 11 AM (Rome time) by Pope Francis commemorating Jesus in Jerusalem.
The holy week liturgies will end with the last supper on Thursday evening, April 9th, 2020. It should be noted that Pope Francis will not celebrate Christmas on that morning (as it has always been the tradition), instead, this event will be postponed to a later when the protective measures have been lifted. So that lay faithful can also join in