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The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria suspends all its services during the Holy Week

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria extends the suspension of all its services throughout Holy Week due to coronavirus pandemic.

Easter Sunday is celebrated by the Copts on April 19th, as is the Orthodox Easter.At the same time the Coptic Orthodox Church emphasizes that the Sacrament of Marriage does not take place at all, while only close family members can attend at funerals.

COVID-19: Pope donates 100 thousand Euros to Italian Caritas

Pope Francis contributes 100,000 Euros to Italian Caritas in a gesture of encouragement to those suffering from the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Italy.

Italy continues to be the country with the highest number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Europe. On Wednesday, the Italian government further tightened restrictions by ordering the closure of all shops, except pharmacies and food stores.

St. Luke’s Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong closes

The government has ordered the closure of St. Luke’s Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong in fear of an outbreak of coronavirus. The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia has annonunced that the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Hong Kong will remain closed until March 31, 2020.  But the Roman Catholics have also suspended all Lenten services as well as Sunday Masses.

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

The next ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been scheduled for "for autumn 2022", to ensure a "greater involvement" of the whole Church "in the preparation and celebration" of the synod, said a note from the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A Holy See Press Office statement said discussions between the two leaders took place in a cordial atmosphere, and specified that “the parties focused on the good bilateral relations and the domestic situation of the country, with particular attention to the Catholic community. Likewise, the need to guarantee full respect for the rights of all citizens and the effective equality of the three constituent peoples”.