Dakar, 10 August, 2020 / 7:53 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Senegal's Dakar Ecclesiastical Province have extended the suspension of public Mass in the region due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the West African nation, a situation that has forced the government to reintroduce restrictive measures.
Since the first COVID-19 case in March, Senegal has recorded at least 11,175 infections, 7,352 recoveries and 66 related deaths.
“In view of all this, we, your Father Bishops of Senegal, maintain our fervent appeal to perseverance in patience and prudence. The current situation does not militate in favor of an immediate resumption of Christian worship,” the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province say in their Saturday, August 8 collective message.
In the statement signed by the Local Ordinary of Dakar, Archbishop Benjamin Ndiaye, the Bishops add, “The current situation of this pandemic, both nationally and internationally, is far from being under control.”
In the statement seen by ACI Africa, the Bishops representing Dakar Archdiocese and the dioceses of Kaolack, Kolda, Tambacounda, Thies, Ziguinchor and Saint-Louis du Sénégal however clarify that “churches (will) remain open to the faithful for personal devotions.”