His absence — the longest sick leave of his papacy — comes as coronavirus sweeps Italy. The country has reported 888 cases and at least 21 deaths, according to the latest numbers; Italy is now the most infected nation after China.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned Americans to brace for the disease spreading in the United States and possibly becoming a pandemic.
With Post Wires
Prayer to St. Roch
O Blessed Saint Roch, Patron of the sick, Have pity on those Who lie upon a bed of suffering.
Your power was so great When you were in this world, That by the sign of the Cross, Many were healed of their diseases.
Now that you are in heaven, Your power is not less. Offer, then, to God Our sighs and tears And obtain for us that health we seek Through Christ our Lord.