Juba, 30 March, 2020 / 6:00 am (ACI Africa).
In a keen adherence to the directives of South Sudan government to stop social gatherings as a measure to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the East African country, which is yet to record a case of the deadly virus, the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has announced the closure of all Catholic-run institutions in the country’s only Metropolitan See.
“In response to the directives of H. E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) preventive measures, the administration of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba hereby order the closure of all Churches, Schools and institutions,” reads part of the Archdiocesan letter dated Monday, March 23.
Signed by the Secretary General of the Archdiocese, Fr. Samuel Abe Joseph, the letter states that the institutions operating in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba would remain inaccessible for a period of one month.
“During this period, Priests and Bishops are advised to celebrate the Holy Mass in private,” the South Sudanese cleric has directed.
Church institutions and airline companies in the East African nation are complying with the directive by the political leaders to flights and gatherings respectively, as a measure to stay safe from the deadly virus.