Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you!
For several weeks now, we have all been living through something we did not expect and for which we had no time to prepare ourselves, no real precedents to guide us, no previous experience to reassure us. A microscopic virus has thrown the whole world into disarray, including our normal Catholic life.
We want to support you and are very aware that you know the situations within your own
parishes. Therefore, you are well placed to provide the circumstances in which your church can
resume activities within infection control recommendations. In addition, we want to provide an
avenue for you to ask questions and provide feedback about where you would like further
In short, we advise that, at present:
1. cleaning and disinfecting of church buildings must be observed
2. 2m physical distancing must be observed
3. increased hand washing should be observed and hand sanitiser should be available and
4. face coverings must be worn at all times within church buildings (except by the priest
within liturgical services when at least 2m of physical distance is possible.
Towards Re-opening Church Buildings: Covid-19 Risk Assessment Checklist for Parish Churches
This document provides a template risk assessment, with links to the relevant advice notes. It relates to situations where there is limited access to church buildings the purposes of private prayer, livestreaming, construction, carrying out of contractual work, building maintenance and cleaning. This template relates exclusively to Covid-related risks, not general risks. If you would like more information about your responsibilities under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations then information and templates can be found on the HSE website.
A further version of this will be produced when small services such as weddings and funerals are allowed, then for private prayer, then for some form of public worship. At present no public access is permitted to church buildings under government guidance.
La Conférence des évêques de France (CEF) se réjouit que le décret publié ce matin, samedi 23 mai 2020, par le Gouvernement, conformément à la sentence rendue par le Conseil d’État lundi dernier, 18 mai, redonne sa juste place à la liberté d’exercice des cultes ; les restrictions qui y sont apportées, comme à toute liberté …
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22 mai 2020 Christophe Castaner, ministre de l’Intérieur, annonce avoir convenu avec les représentants des cultes des modalités de reprise des cérémonies religieuses. Depuis le début de la crise sanitaire, les responsables des cultes en France ont fait preuve de réactivité et de responsabilité face à l’épidémie. Si les lieux de culte n’ont jamais été …
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Faith leaders and government have agreed to develop a plan to enable the phased and safe reopening of places of worship when the evidence shows it is the right time to do so, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed today (15 May 2020).
Les évêques de France ont proposé l’adoption d’une série de mesures sanitaires afin de convaincre le gouvernement d’autoriser la reprise de la célébration publique des cultes. En vain. Ceux-ci restent interdits jusqu’au 2 juin, lendemain du lundi de Pentecôte, à l’exception des funérailles. Tel n’est pas le cas d’autres pays européens: certains n’ont jamais interdit la célébration publique des cultes, d’autres l’ont déjà rétablie ou prévoient de le faire très prochainement.
from ekathimerini.com 07.05.2020 Churches on the island of Crete will be reopening their doors on May 17, allowing their parishioners to attend services, the Holy Synod of the semi-autonomous church said on Thursday. In an announcement, the Church of Crete warned that the elderly, people with health problems and others who are at risk of …
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APOSTOLOS LAKASAS – ekathimerini.com Greece’s Archbishop Ieronymos has written to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to ask for churches to be opened for the country’s faithful as long as social distancing regulations imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic are observed. https://www.ekathimerini.com/252070/article/ekathimerini/news/archbishop-asks-greek-pm-to-allow-churches-to-open