Cotonou, 12 May, 2020 / 2:18 am (ACI Africa).
Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) have, in a statement, urged the faithful in the West African country to take advantage of the restrictions put in place to curb the possible spread of COVID-19 by praying at the level of their respective families even as they wait for the resumption of public worship.
“We your Bishops invite you in these difficult times to redouble your efforts in prayer in your families, which have become true domestic churches, places of prayer, consolation and living faith, awaiting the great liturgical celebrations that will follow the reopening of our churches,” the Bishops in Benin said in their collective press release issued Friday, May 8.
According to the members of CEB, the suspension of public worship provides “the moment for us to open our hearts to the dimension of the world and to feel the immense suffering of the churches of silence in some countries where persecuted Christians cannot publicly profess their faith.”
“It is also the time for us to be in real communion of prayer with those who, in other countries, subjected to armed conflicts, no longer have access to any community religious worship or risk being massacred in full celebration,” the Bishops stated in the press release signed by CEB President, Bishop Victor Agbanou.
Benin has recorded at least 319 cases of COVID-19 with two deaths and 62 recoveries, according to statistics from Worldometers.