Maputo, 22 September, 2020 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries, which will remain closed for the remaining part of the year amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Africa nation.
“The Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM), through its Vocation Office, announces that after deep reflection by the Permanent Council of CEM, in dialogue with the Rectors of Major Seminaries and formation teams, have decided to cancel the academic year 2020 in all the seminaries in the country,” the leadership of CEM has been quoted as saying in a Tuesday, September 22 report.
In the report, CEM members say that their decision follows “the exponential increase of positive cases of COVID-19 in Mozambique.”
“There are already areas with a pattern of community transmission of the disease, which makes the situation more worrying, endangering the lives of seminarians, formation teams and others,” the members of CEM say, explaining their decision.
In an interview with Vatican News, the Rector of the St. Pius X Theological Major Seminary in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo lauded the “timely decision” of the country’s Bishops to keep the Major Seminaries closed.