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Vatican’s Holy Week to Proceed But Without Public Attendance

St. Peter's Square remains closed due to measures to control the spread of coronavirus, Vatican City. 

St. Peter's Square remains closed due to measures to control the spread of coronavirus, Vatican City. 

Photographer:  Grzegorz Galazka/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

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Vatican City (AP) -- Pope Francis left the Vatican to make a surprise visit Sunday to two churches in Rome to pray for the end of the coronavirus pandemic — a move that came even as Italian health authorities insisted people stay home as much as possible to limit contagion in the heart of Europe's outbreak.