Masses in Italy to resume on May 18th

epaselect epa08407404 Single chairs instead of traditional benches are seen in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere during Phase 2 of the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency in Rome, Italy, 07 May 2020. On 07 May 2020 the Italian government announced that starting from 18 May churches will be able to reopen the celebrations to the faithful respecting mandatory health measures. EPA-EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI

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Vatican News reports that masses in Italy will resume on May 18th. “After two months of live-streamed Masses and private prayer at home, the faithful in Italy will once again be able to attend religious ceremonies in churches around the country”, the report says.

Vatican News reports that on Thursday, a Protocol in this effect, was signed by Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorghese.

“The protocol outlines rules and regulations that must be followed in order to ensure minimal risk of contagion of the coronavirus. All religious ceremonies – Masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals – were either cancelled or closed to the public in early March when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of Covid-19, a virus that has now killed almost 30,000 people in Italy alone. As Italy enters “phase 2” of its coronavirus lockdown, the government is working together with the Italian Bishops to prudently ensure that the faithful can attend ceremonies in churches again”, the report adds.

Via Vatican News 

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