Pope Francis announced his plans for the special blessing.
"That little car becomes the little confessional seat."
"There is a huge mobilization by the church all over Italy for this health emergency."
The National Guard was deployed to clean public spaces.
The Italian government has declared the entire country a "red zone."
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann announced the new initiative on the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.
A new Cabinet subcommittee on COVID-19 made the decision.
The damage to the church, built in 1859 and one of the oldest in the diocese, is extensive.
More than 3,000 people have died globally from COVID-19.
"All three people went on the same trip to Italy."