Lome, 19 June, 2020 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
With less than 200 people yet to recover from COVID-19 in the West African nation of Togo, Catholic Bishops have, at the end of their four-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to the people of God in the country for acting responsibly, called for solidarity with the vulnerable in society, and cautioned against complacency.
From the 555 reported cases of COVID-19 in Togo, 13 people have lost their lives and 361 have recovered from the disease.
In their collective statement issued Friday, June 19, members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) express gratitude to priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful “for their responsible management of this crisis despite the temporary closure of places of worship.”
The Bishops attribute the progress so far to God and invite “everyone to continue to pray that God will deliver us from this scourge” and encourage “gestures of solidarity especially towards the most affected in society.”
They caution against complacency, encouraging “the faithful and all citizens to strictly observe the recommended preventive measures, while advocating for the gradual reopening of places of worship in strict compliance with the preventive provisions.”