Pope Francis Falls Ill Amid Italy Coronavirus Outbreak Cancels Rome Mass

ROME, IT. (THECOUNT) — Pope Francis was forced to cancel a planned mass Thursday at St John Lateran basilica after falling ill amid the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Reports say, the 83-year-year-old pontiff was “not well enough” to attend the church service, which comes as the outbreak in Italy topped 500 cases.

He was due to worship today with clergy at St John Lateran basilica on the other side of Rome, but stayed in the Santa Marta guesthouse where he lives in the Vatican, reports TheSun.

Spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis had a “slight indisposition” and preferred to stay in the residence.

He added: “All other commitments will go ahead.”

It is not clear what his symptoms are, but he was seen blowing his nose and covering his mouth as he coughed during an Ash Wednesday service in St Peter’s yesterday.


Geo quick facts: Rome is an area of local government at the level of metropolitan city in the Lazio region of the Republic of Italy. It comprises the territory of the city of Rome and 121 other municipalities in the suburbs of the city – Wikipedia.

UPDATE: 6.1 Earthquake STRIKES Hours After 5.5 Rocks ITALY Widespread Damage

Magnitude Mw 6.0 / Region CENTRAL ITALY / Date and time 2016-10-26 19:18:08.8 UTC / Location 43.00 N ; 13.15 E / Depth 10 km.

The mayor of Ussita, Italy says many houses collapsed in “apocalyptic situation.” A major tunnel has also been heavily damaged in the quake now registered at 6.1.


Distances 134 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 21:18:08.8 2016-10-26
63 km E of Perugia, Italy / pop: 150,000 / local time: 21:18:08.8 2016-10-26
38 km NW of Ascoli Piceno, Italy / pop: 51,400 / local time: 21:18:08.8 2016-10-26

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Twenty-six-year-old Bilel Chahoui, was arrested last Thursday after he posted on social media he was planning on attacking the monument.

Tower of Pisa mosque

Local politician and one of the protest’s biggest leaders, Gianluca Gambini, states the majority of Pisans are against the mosque and warned it might become a center for radicalization. Gambini said: “According to a recent poll, 57 percent of Pisans are against the mosque. Continue reading

JINX? Drake Courtside For Serena Williams Grand Slam Loss

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Hayden Panettiere Bares Baby Bump In CROP TOP

Hayden Panettiere showing off her emerging baby bump in a crop top!

The Nashville star, 24, exposed her swelling belly taking a walk with her fiance, Wladimir Klitschko. The couple were vacationing in the town of Porto Cervo, Italy, , on Saturday, June 21.

Hayden Panettiere Exposes Baby Bump

Panettiere comfortable in flat sandals and loose black pants, which she paired with a matching halter crop top. Continue reading