Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing from an empty St. Peter's Square as a response to the global coronavirus pandemic on March 27. (Photo: Vatican Media)
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench in the whole world's plans.
The fact of the matter is that we must stop our normal activity, especially if it includes gathering in any proximity to other people.
We must stop life as we once knew it until scientists find a cure or a vaccine for Covid-19. Otherwise, there is a risk that hundreds of thousands or even millions more people will die.
Here in Italy, where more than 25,000 have died of the coronavirus, we are completing the sixth week of home confinement. That's right — a month-and-a-half of serious lockdown.
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