• Coronavirus: Pope’s Holy Week celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica

    Mar 28, 2020

    The Office of the Liturgical Celebration of the Supreme Pontiff notifies that the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, without the presence of the faithful. The Stations of the Cross will take place in front of the Basilica.

  • Coronavirus: Pope donates 30 respirators to hospitals

    Mar 28, 2020

    Pope Francis has destined the respirators to countries such as Italy and Spain, most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Local bishops will decide on the hospitals most in need.

  • How to pray with the Pope on today

    Mar 27, 2020

    Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing and plenary indulgence on Friday at 6pm Rome time.

  • Pope announces extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing and Prayers

    Mar 27, 2020

    At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis invited all Christians to join together in praying the Our Father as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Pope's universal prayer streamed also in sign language

    Mar 27, 2020

    A streaming channel in sign language for the hearing impaired is activated by Vatican News on the occasion of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Universal Prayer for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • No Via Crucis at the Colosseum, no foot washing for the Pope this year

    Mar 27, 2020

    The Congregation for Divine Worship issued a decree with "general indications" for Holy Week celebrations. Services will be held without people. “Means of live (not recorded) telematic broadcasts can be of help.”

  • Pope at Mass: “May the Lord help us conquer our fear”

    Mar 27, 2020

    Pope Francis expresses his concern for all of us who are coping with various fears and prays for them during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta chapel on Thursday morning.

  • Pope makes special request for prayers for the sick

    Mar 27, 2020

    Pope Francis releases a special video message, in which he asks for prayers for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who pray for those affected.

  • Coronavirus: The 'Korea model' seems the most effective

    Mar 27, 2020

    Most economic activities never stopped. No part of the country was quarantined. Quick response with systematic testing, rigorous quarantine and civic engagement are the keys to the government’s success. As the number of new infections drops, the country is closer to getting back to normal.

  • Decree: In time of Covid-19 (II)

    Mar 26, 2020

    Considering the rapidly evolving situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and taking into account observations which have come from Episcopal Conferences, this Congregation now offers an update to the general indications and suggestions already given to Bishops in the preceding decree of 19 March 2020.