Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide.
Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday.
European nations have been harder hit than the US on a per capita basis with over 20,000 deaths - around half in worst-hit Italy, as millions across the continent continue to be under lockdown and the streets of Paris, Rome and Madrid eerily empty.
The European Commission will propose a new stimulus package to help the bloc recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
An additional 5,974 infections brought to 92,472 the number of people who have officially tested positive for Covid-19 in Italy since the crisis began last month.
With more than 300,000 people infected in Europe alone, the disease shows few signs of slowing, and has already cast the world into a recession, economists say.
England's Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association and Football League met on Friday to examine the financial impact of suspending the season, with Britain as a whole in a state of lockdown.
Italy is second with 86,498 cases and China is third with 81,340 confirmed cases. Here's the latest for March 27:
Some volunteers are reading to children online to relieve parents who are juggling home and work duties, others are offering free coaching for yoga and another exercises while in confinement.
The number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections worldwide has surpassed 510,000, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University. Here's the latest for March 26:
The country's homeless are dealing with food scarcity, not to mention the absence of medical care and lack of safe places to sleep, while 40,000 of them are without a roof over their heads.
Chaired by Saudi King Salman, who is presiding over the G20 this year, the meeting's purpose was to tackle the pandemic and its economic implications as people lose their incomes amid closures, curfews and lockdowns.
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