Updated: May 16, 2020 04:28 AM GMT
A member of the Italian army wearing protective overalls and a mask sprays sanitizer outside the Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore church on May 13 in the Castel di Leva district of Rome. (Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP)
Following a request from the Vicariate of Rome, the city of Rome has called on the Italian army and the city sanitation department to sanitize all of Rome's parish churches in preparation for the resumption of public liturgies on May 18.The army has 80 teams of hazardous-material specialists active throughout Italy in decontaminating and sanitizing needed areas, reported SIR, the news agency of the Italian bishops' conference. Nine of those teams will be dedicated to decontaminating all 337 of Rome's parish churches.The army is disinfecting the outside area of each church and place of worship, while the parish priest will have to request and indicate which areas inside the church they have permission to decontaminate, Brig. Gen. Giovanni Di Blasi told La Repubblica on May 13.
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