In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, which is spread across the world from China, the Pope has dropped all foreign trips which were scheduled for this year (2020).
According to the report
, the Vatican had announced a papal trip to Malta and Gozo for May 31, but the trip was cancelled due to the pandemic, and no new date has been announced. He also was expected to go to Budapest, Hungary, for at least one day of the International Eucharist Congress September 13-20, but Coronavirus caused the Congress to be postponed a year to September 5-12, 2021.
Pope Francis had also postponed the visit which was scheduled on March 26-28, 2020, with young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world. The meeting was part of a project called ‘The Economy of Francis’.
The Vatican has not yet announced when the Pope will resume inviting a small congregation to his weekday morning Masses. Also, the report said that there is little or no chance Pope Francis will announce new cardinals in 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has made an international gathering of cardinals almost impossible, the report added.