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Philippine church leaders implement more measures amid virus scare

Sanitation personnel of the city of San Juan in the Philippine capital Manila don protective gear as they prepare to sanitize public structures amid reports of the growing number of people infected by the novel coronavirus in the capital. (Photo by Jire Carreon)

The reported “localized transmission” of the novel coronavirus in the Philippine capital, has started to affect churches.

The Manila Archdiocese has urged parishes to prepare for the “economic effects” of the spread of the virus on church operations.

“We need to save at this time of impending crisis,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, in a pastoral letter.

“Let us make our church institutions resilient,” he said, adding that “at this time, let expenses be made only in what is essential in order to save for any eventualities.”

The prelate urged parishes to “suspend purchases on capital expenditures” and make church programs “frugal.”

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