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Philippine diocese cancels public Masses in most parishes

The diocese of Cubao has suspended public Masses in 32 parishes out of 45 as of January 9 due to the surge of Covid-19 cases, according to the diocesan sources.

What led the move is either some priests, parish staff, or most parishioners have contracted with the coronavirus.

This is a preventive safety and health protocol followed in line with the government norms so as to contain the surge.

Earlier, Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco of Cubao directed parish priests to evaluate the ground situation of covid cases and decide accordingly to implement the health protocols.

The diocese has 45 full parishes, including three national shrines, two minor basilicas, two quasi-parishes, one non-parochial diocesan shrine, and one mission station.

The suspension also includes online Masses.

Meanwhile, as of January 9, Health Ministry reported 28,707 new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now at 2,965,447 with 128,114 active cases; total recoveries at 2,785,183, and the death toll is 52,150.

“This too will pass. We need to pray for each other’s safety and continue to keep our hopes and optimism in God,” Catherina Castro, a mother of four young children from the Cubao diocese, told RVA News.

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