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During General Audience, Pope Prays for Those With Coronavirus

Also Prays for Those Working to Help Cure Patients & to Help Stop Its Spread

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Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to all those ill with Coronavirus and to all those working to help them and stop the contagion from further spreading.

The Holy Father did so today, Ash Wednesday, during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Feb. 26, 2020, toward its conclusion.

‘I wish to again express my closeness to those ill with Coronavirus,» Francis said.

The Holy Father also expressed this closeness «to the healthcare workers working to cure them, as well as to the civil authorities and everyone working to assist patients and stop the contagion.’

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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