Sun. Jan 16th, 2022

MANILA – Churches have yet to hold public masses as Catholic prelates await the government’s decision on the conduct of religious activities during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We are still waiting for the advice of the government. (Presidential Spokesperson) Harry Roque said that 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 on Wednesday.

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 purposes.

“We have no Masses. We are just about to finalize things. We have only opened up the churches for cleanup and preparations,” he said in a separate statement.

On the other hand, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo said they will resume Church activities once there are better guidelines.

On Monday, the CBCP said it has submitted to the government proposed guidelines on the holding of Masses.

During the quarantine period, Masses are being held online or livestream from churches.

Religious gatherings are restricted to a maximum of five and 10 persons, under the MECQ and the GCQ, respectively. (ia/PNA)

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