"The health of the emeritus pope does not give cause for concern"
Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church's Hong Kong-based representative, a U.S. firm that tracks state-backed cyber attacks said on Wednesday .
"You were one of the supporting pillars of the entire country," he told doctors and nurses from the Lombardy region gathered in the Vatican's frescoed Clementine Hall, which had not been used for months because of the crisis.
Francis said a private Mass in a side chapel where St. John Paul II is buried to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the late Polish pope's birth.
St. Peter's is on Vatican territory and the other three papal basilicas - St. Paul's Outside the Walls, St. John's In Lateran and St. Mary Major - have sovereign, extra-territorial status and so technically are not part of Italy.
While the world is facing a global pandemic brought about by the coronavirus, many are stuck at home either self-isolating or in quarantine, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to do small acts of kindness and love with those who are suffering, children and the elderly.
The initiative was promoted by a group of mayors to show solidarity with the towns suffering the most in the north, the epicentre of the crisis.
The moves come several days after a priest who lives in the Santa Marta residence and works in the Secretariat of State tested positive for the virus and was hospitalised in Italy.
The Vatican said on Friday that a patient in its health services had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Archbishop Scicluna and Mgr. Bertomeu will travel to Mexico between 20 and 27 March. The team had previously investigated the Church in Chile's response to sex abuse allegations in 2018, which eventually led every Chilean bishop to submit their resignations to Pope Francis.