Rome: Italy has banned the use of the Internet in and around its most famous cathedral for the rest of the month, but the Vatican says it is working on a solution to restore some internet access in the Vatican’s most famous basilica.
In a letter to local businesses and citizens on Friday, Pope Francis said he wanted to help restore internet access to the basilica, where pilgrims have congregated for centuries.
“In the coming days, I will take steps to strengthen the relations between the Vatican and the diocese of Milan,” the pope wrote in the letter.
Pope Francis said that “all those who are in Rome, and in all of Italy, who are not living in Rome but who are traveling there, are obliged to be on the alert for the possibility that they might have to face certain restrictions.”
“If this is so, it is essential that we make every effort to make this a reality for the pilgrims of the Catholic Church in Rome.”
The pope has long been criticized for his handling of the church’s relations with foreign governments.
He has previously criticized some countries, including Turkey and Iran, for their treatment of religious minorities.
Last year, he made the controversial decision to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the Vatican in March, after Russia accused him of meddling in the U.S. election.