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Churches want to suspend masses with more than 200 faithful

The Council of Christian Churches in Angola (CICA) urged this Thursday religious leaders to suspend all masses and / or services that congregate more than 200 faithful, defending "sectorized activities" that "strictly" observe hygiene rules due to Covid- 19.


In a pastoral note presented at a press conference, CICA notes that, as long as the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic lasts, pastors must use all technological means at their disposal to maintain spiritual and moral assistance to the faithful.

Angola, with no record of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, strengthened prevention and epidemiological surveillance measures, especially in the 32 entry points cataloged at the country level.

Among several precautionary measures, the Angolan authorities have banned public activities with more than 200 people.

CICA, which calls for "moments of intercession" for those affected and exposed to the risk of contagion to Covid-19 worldwide, encourages all Christian denominations in the country to "strictly observe" hygiene measures.

"Personal hygiene is of the utmost importance", which is why, he notes, all churches (parishes and congregations) "should create conditions for washing hands with running water and soap and disinfestants, whenever possible".

The organization of churches in Angola also urges the faithful to "avoid hugs, kisses and physical contact during the greeting" as well as the collective use of means and materials, such as "chalices and microphones", during the celebrations.

"We also urge religious leadership and the faithful, in general, to suspend all activities that involve international travel as of today", reads the note.

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