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Pope Issues Changes to Vatican’s Judicial Activities to Protect Against Coronavirus

Publishes ‘Extraordinary & Urgent Measures’

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Pope Francis has issued new guidelines regarding the Vatican’s judicial activities to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

This was communicated in a statement, accompanying the published changes, issued by the Holy See Press Office, today, March 19, 2020.

“With a rescript of 18 March 2020, the Holy Father, given the particular health condition linked to the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” it began, “ordered until 3 April 2020 the suspension of all procedural activities underway at the judicial offices of the City of the State of the Vatican, as well as the related terms of revocation and prescription.”

“This provision, already adopted in Italy,” it continued, “does not operate with regard to investigative activities and more generally prior to hearings, nor with respect to those procedures that still need to be treated for reasons of urgency.”


The ‘Extraordinary and Urgent Measures’ (published in Italian):

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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