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The Latest: Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant workers

The Latest: Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant workers

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Struggles in India, Brazil, US show virus fight far from won. — Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant farm workers. — Indonesia to allow transportation services for some members of the public. — Confirmed coronavirus cases expected to surpass 50,000 across Africa. ——— ROME — Pope Francis is calling for migrant farm workers to be treated with dignity, issuing an appeal as Italy weighs whether to legalize undocumented agricultural workers amid a shortage of seasonal farm labor due to the coronavirus emergency. Francis said he had b
Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ during Holy Saturday vigil

Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ during Holy Saturday vigil

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April 11 (UPI) -- Pope Francis urged people not to "yield to fear" during a Holy Saturday vigil inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica. "Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear: This is the message of hope," said the Pope. "It is addressed to us, today. These are the words that God repeats to us this very night." The public was barred from the event because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it was streamed for Catholics around the world. Other churches have taken similar measures for their Easter events, either streaming or broadcasting services live on television. The Pope also condemned the arms trade and urged those with means to help the poor. "We are all brothers and sisters -- may we bring the song of life," he said. Let's block ads! (Why?) World News - UPI.com...
PALM SUNDAY: Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter’s

PALM SUNDAY: Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter’s

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Pope Francis is celebrating Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemicByThe Associated PressApril 5, 2020, 10:05 AM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleVATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is celebrating Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds would have flocked to an outdoor Mass led by the pontiff. Instead, Francis was leading the ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica, which seemed even more cavernous than usual because it was so empty. Besides his aides, a few i
Pope gives special prayer for COVID-19 victims, healthcare workers

Pope gives special prayer for COVID-19 victims, healthcare workers

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March 27 (UPI) -- Pope Francis gave a special prayer Friday evening in the Vatican, seeking an end to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 27,000 people. He celebrated the Urbi et Orbi blessing, which is normally held only on Christmas and Easter, in a deserted St. Peter's Square. The prayer was live streamed on TV, the radio and online. "We find ourselves afraid and lost," the pope said. "We were caught off-guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented ... all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other." The blessing came as Italy reported its highest single-day death toll increase Friday -- 919. The country's overall death toll as of Friday evening was 9,100, and case ...
Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

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Pope Francis has celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual in traditional fashion despite fears of the coronavirus outbreak in ItalyBy NICOLE WINFIELD and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressFebruary 26, 2020, 10:07 PM4 min readVATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Francis and a long line of priests, bishops and cardinals walked in a procession through Rome's Aventine hill into the 5th-century Santa Sabina basilica for a late-afternoon Mass. Neither the priests nor the faithful wore face masks, but Rome has largely been spared the virus as Italy's national case count grew to...