Bishop asks parishes to strictly enforce health protocols

Bishop asks parishes to strictly enforce health protocols

Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of San Pablo. PHOTO FROM THE CATHEDRAL PARISH OF ST. PAUL THE FIRST HERMIT

By CBCP News

June 3, 2021

San Pablo City, Laguna

While he welcomed the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious gatherings, a Catholic bishop reminded his parishes that the safety of worshippers is paramount.

Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of San Pablo said that parishes must ensure they are protecting their flocks’ physical wellbeing the best that they can during this pandemic.

“We still need to take extra care by practicing physical distancing. We make the best of what we have,” Famadico told Radio Veritas on Thursday.

The government’s Covid-19 task force has earlier placed Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna under the general community quarantine (GCQ) status “with restrictions” until June 15.

Under the GCQ classification, religious services are allowed up to 30 percent, although local governments can decide to expand it to 50 percent.

The bishop praised the move saying that churches are also essential to communities.

“We should welcome this decision as religious activities, especially in churches, must also be given equal importance as people need to be able to go to churches and be with their fellow faithful to praise and thank the Lord as a community,” he said.

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