Prelates await government advice on holding of Masses

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Catholic Churches have yet to hold public Masses as prelates await the government’s decision on the conduct of religious activities in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We are still waiting for the advice of the government. [Presidential Spokesman] Harry Roque said that the CBCP [Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines] is asked to present a program for the resumption of Masses,” said Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco in a statement last week.

Ongtioco also reiterated the statement of other Church officials that they will implement precautionary measures once the faithful are allowed again to attend eucharistic celebrations.

“On our part, it has been very clear. We will observe physical distancing. And if we have to add more Masses then we will,” he added.

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon, meanwhile, said the Churches under the diocese have opened but only for cleaning and preparation

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