By Lisa Burgess • 18 March 2020 • 12:45
The Pope has asked God to stop the epidemic in Italy “with his hand” according to Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica today.
He said people should “use their time in quarantine to reconnect with their families”.
It comes as Italy is battling with the worst outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China, with 27,980 infections and 2,503 deaths as of Tuesday.
The Pope has been at the Vatican in the past few days, although he defied the country’s nationwide lockdown on Sunday afternoon to pray for victims of the COVID-19 at two churches in the Italian capital.
We hope his prayers are heard not just for Italy, but around the world.
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