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Pope Francis Snubs Italian Bishops’ Bid To Open Churches

Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to obey government orders easing the Wuhan virus lockdown after Italian bishops protested that they “cannot accept” the state trampling on “the exercise of freedom of religion.”

“During this time, when we desire to get out of quarantine, we pray to the Lord to give His people, to all of us, the grace of prudence and obedience to the provisions [of the law], so that the pandemic does not return,” the pontiff said, as he began celebrating Mass on Tuesday.

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