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Pope urges priests to tend to sick, health care workers during epidemic

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican March 10, 2020. For the second day this week the pope celebrated Mass without a small group of the faithful in order to avoid the risk of spreading the coronavirus. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis prayed that priests would find the courage to visit those who are sick and offer accompaniment to health care professionals and volunteers working during the coronavirus epidemic while also keeping themselves and others safe.

During a live broadcast of his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis again prayed for the many people who have fallen ill because of the virus and for health care workers.

"Let us also pray to the Lord for our priests, so that they have the courage to go out and go to those who are sick, bringing the strength of the word of God and the Eucharist and to accompany health care workers and volunteers in the work they are doing," he said March 10 at the start of the Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

His appeal clearly understood the need for priests to do so "while respecting the health measures established by Italian authorities," Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press hall told reporters in a written response to questions.

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