The shape of things to come?
I was texting with The Great Roman™ today. He’s fine and so is his family, but he’s frustrated, as you can imagine. Everyone is in lockdown. You can’t go anywhere except a nearby church or store without written permission.
He told us of a situation in the nearby Diocese of Porto. I found a news story about it HERE
Police disperse Catholics at Sunday Mass in Italy
Italian police on Sunday dispersed Catholics attending a Mass being celebrated in a parish outside of Rome. The Italian government has prohibited public gatherings in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mass was being offered at St Francis of Assisi Parish in the Italian town of Cerveteri, some 27 miles northwest of Rome. Earlier this month, the Italian bishops’ conference confirmed government measures against public gatherings, effectively prohibiting the public celebration of Mass anywhere in the country.
Some 15 people were present at the March 15 Mass, several of them seated outside of the church, whose doors were opened as Mass was offered. The Mass was being live streamed on Facebook.
Police entered the Church after the distribution of Holy Communion, and before the final prayers of the Mass. The priest was permitted to conclude the Mass after parishioners dispersed.
The priest was at the altar in church and the people were outside the church.