Anglicans in Portugal suspend face-to-face masses. Secured funerals – Coronavirus

In a statement released today, the Executive Committee of the Lusitanian Church, which met on Thursday, “attentive to the rapid evolution of the pandemic situation in Portugal, verified in the last week and to the government decisions recently made public, and the responsible exercise of religious freedom. and of worship that the Portuguese Constitution enshrines “, announced the decision to” suspend religious services and consequently close the Lusitanian Churches from Sunday, January 24 “.

“In a time of general confinement in which a special duty of recollection and a consequent spirit of sacrifice on the part of all is requested, this is understood to be the most prudent decision to be taken, based on principles of an ethical and moral nature”, defends the church.

The statement adds that the Lusitanian Church will make the Sunday morning prayer broadcast at 10:30 am available on digital platforms, as well as the Wednesday evening prayer meeting at 9:15 pm.

Anglicans also assure that funerals will continue and support will be given “to any other type of pastoral need that may arise” and adds that the reopening of the temples will depend on the favorable evolution of the pandemic in Portugal “and the existence of conditions for security and tranquility for all “.

“The worsening of the social crisis and the consequent increase in human and material needs must merit redoubled attention and committed solidarity action for all. It is therefore necessary to have a complementary articulation between the various human and material resources existing within the Church to different levels. Particular attention should be paid to the most vulnerable and isolated “, the statement further appeals.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,092,736 deaths resulting from more than 97.4 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 9,920 people died from the 609,136 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

Source: Jornal de Negócios by

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