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Philippine Church suspends public Masses amid covid-19 surge

Several parishes across the Philippines are closed down due to the surge of recent Covid-19 cases in areas.

In Metro Manila or the National Capital Region, some parishes are locked down after some of the parish staff and parishioners got infected with the coronavirus.

“In the light of rapidly increasing cases of covid-19,” Bishop of Cubao Diocese Honesto F. Ongtioco, “enjoined the priests and communities to implement the health protocols.”

“Carefully evaluate and discern the continuance of public masses and scheduled functions,” he said on social media post.

“Public safety must be prioritized at all times. Parish priests will assess the situation on the ground and the community's capabilities to enforce health protocols and should public masses continue otherwise, public masses should be suspended and functions be re-scheduled.

“Constantly remind the people to practice health protocols and personally set the example themselves. This includes wearing of face mask, frequent hand sanitizing, physical distancing, and avoiding mass gatherings. Re-assured that God is with us as we weather yet another storm. He is in our boat and He is our boat,” the prelate said.

The bishop also prayed for “everyone’s safety and healing.”

In the Archdiocese of Manila and Cubao diocese, at least two parishes each are locked down.


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