Reopening of Saint Peter’s marks first step for Italy’s Catholics

first_imgMost, however, opened shortly thereafter, with entry reserved for prayer only.”I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,” Francis said on Sunday during his live-streamed prayer. Italy’s lockdown not only extinguished most business activity in the country, but radically disrupted Italians’ personal lives, including attending mass.Francis has been livestreaming mass from a chapel at his residence inside the Vatican City. Saint Peter’s Basilica throws its doors open to visitors on Monday, marking a relative return to normality at the Vatican and beyond in Italy, where most business activity is set to resume.Public masses also resume throughout the predominantly Catholic country after a two-month hiatus, while restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hairdressers, among other businesses, are all expected to reopen.In the face of much opposition, including from Pope Francis, churches in Rome were shuttered at the beginning of the coronavirus emergency in early March. The Argentine pontiff is not yet expected to lead any public religious ceremonies either in the basilica, which can accommodate 60,000 people, or in Saint Peter’s Square, as the Vatican seeks to avoid crowds.Francis will, however, celebrate a private mass on Monday, broadcast by video, in front of the tomb of John Paul II, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish-born pontiff.In Milan, the Duomo cathedral will conduct mass at 10:30 GMT. On Friday, the cathedral said it had introduced gadgets worn around the neck that beep softly, flash and vibrate if visitors approach too closely to one another. Disinfection In preparation for the reopening of Saint Peter’s, the largest Catholic church in the world was disinfected on Friday, with workers in full protective suits and masks spraying down the surface of the 23,000-square meter site.The Vatican State, an independent enclave in the heart of Rome, has applied the same anti-virus measures as Italy, where the official death toll from the virus stands at nearly 32,000.The basilica, as well as three other papal basilicas, is expected to follow a recommendation from Italy’s interior ministry limiting attendance at religious celebrations in enclosed places of worship to 200 people.Across Italy’s tens of thousands of churches, Catholics will be able to attend not only masses but also weddings and funerals, provided they abide by a series of measures, including wearing masks and sitting or standing well spaced apart.More than 800,000 commercial activities which have been under lockdown since Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed restrictions on March 9 should be able to reopen on Monday, said Confcommercio, Italy’s largest business association. Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion sells under the hammer after 45-minute auction

first_img6 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands.A SOVEREIGN Islands mansion sold for $2.355 million under the hammer after a drawn-out auction on the weekend.The five-bedroom seven-bathroom house at 6 Parkland Terrace attracted four bidders according to Professional Vertullo Real Estate agent Chris Moyer.“There was a good crowd and four people bidding on it,” he said.“It took about 45 minutes and we had to work hard to get the money but at the end of the day the deal was done and everybody was happy.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago6 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands.Mr Moyer said an interstate buyer purchased the property.“People come to the Sovereign Islands for the lifestyle,” he said.The three-level house has a media room, games room and covered alfresco entertainment area with an integrated barbecue, bar, fridge and television.There is also a pool, pontoon and triple garage. 6 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands.last_img read more

Liverpool boys swimmers top Auburn, 91-67

first_imgOn his own, Wojcikowski was first in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.28 over Colin White (2:12.83) as Trevor Selig took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:28.31. Simon VanHoute swam the 100 backstroke in 1:06.74.As for Cicero-North Syracuse, it went to West Genesee Tuesday night and could not get much going in a 92-73 defeat to the Wildcats.The Northstars did not win an individual race until the 100 freestyle, when Lucas Petralia prevailed in 53.49 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of WG’s Colin Whalen (57.14).John Harbaugh was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.39, with Connor Burke second in the 200 IM in 2:27.73 as Nathan Dallman went 1:13.95 in the 100 backstroke and Logan Petralia swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.40.In the relay races, C-NS did best in the 200 medley, where Harbaugh, Petralia, Burke and Seaver Schultz went 1:49.49 to edge WG’s 1:49.54. Schultz, Petralia, Harbaugh and Crispin Coombs went 1:37.61 in the 200 freestyle relay.At Baldwinsville two days later, the Northstars lost 52-32, though it started with a win as Petralia, Harbaugh, Schultz and Burke improved to 1:47.82 in the 200 medley relay.Petralia also prevailed in the 100 freestyle in 52.62 seconds and was second (23.29 seconds) in the 50 freestyle behind Schultz, who won in 22.98 seconds.Burke was second in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, where B’ville’s Nick Schultz broke a pool record with 59.06 seconds, also helping the Bee set a pool mark of 1:33.06 in the 200 freestyle relay as Bailey had yet another pool record when he won the 200 freestyle in 1:47.58.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Another perfect regular season is close to complete for the Liverpool boys swim team, made more impressive by the fact that it had to do it all on the road due to the school’s athletic complex reconstruction project.Just one more league test remains next Thursday night, with the Warriors taking on Fayetteville-Manlius at the Cazenovia College pool, and then it’s on to preparations for the Section III and state meets.In the wake of its busy early-January slate where it had seven events in 15 days, Liverpool competed just once last week, going to Auburn Wednesday and handling the Maroons 91-67. Most of the Warriors’ top swimmers rested, giving some others a well-earned opportunity to compete and win races.And that included Josh Foley, who went from winning the shortest race, the 50 freestyle in 24.20 seconds, to earning a victory in the longest race, the 500 freestyle, clocking 5:44.73.Ryan Wilhelm, aside from winning the 100 butterfly in 1:00.90 and posting the fastest 100 breaststroke time of 1:09.58, helped Foley, Tima Vasylevskyi and Ismar Latifagic go 1:55.48 in the 200 medley relay. Foley, Wilhelm, Latifagic and Ian Wojcikowski won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.09.center_img Tags: C-NSliverpoolswimminglast_img read more