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Vatican Spokesman: Vatican Continues Taking Measures to Protect Against Coronavirus Spread

‘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’

“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.”

About 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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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