Public worship in Italy to resume after two months of suspension as country eases restrictions and after an agreement reached between the Italian bishop’s conference and the government. Following this agreement, Pope Francis to end live broadcasts of daily Masses after the last livestreamed Mass to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II on 18th of May. The Diocese of Rome suspended public Masses on March 8th due to the coronavirus outbreak and Pope Francis’ celebrated his daily Masses at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta guesthouse and was livestreamed for millions of people around the world.
The final streamed Mass will be at the altar over the tomb of former Pope. Pope St. John was elected Pope in 1978 and he was the non-Italian pope since the 16th century when Pope Adrian VI became the only Dutch pope.
Conditions approved to resume public Masses in Italy include limiting the number of people attending these services, all adhering to strict social distancing norms, worshipers wearing face masks, and churches must be disinfected between celebrations, Eucharistic Ministers and priests to wear gloves and face masks to distribute Holy Communion and advice to avoid contact with communicant’s hands. If the protocol issued by the Bishop’s Conference can be followed, the government has allowed resumption of public religious programmes such as baptisms, funerals and weddings.