Ndola, 27 January, 2021 / 3:57 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia is considering the suspension of Liturgical celebrations in public amid an increase in reported cases of COVID-19 and laxity in observing preventive measures.
In a Wednesday, January 25 letter, the Director of Pastoral Programmes in the Diocese, Fr. Matthew Mumba, indicates that the consideration to suspend public worship and gatherings is influenced by a “noted relaxed attitude” on the part of the faithful in implementing COVID-19 measures.
“The Diocesan Administration under the guidance of Rt. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Phiri is contemplating the stopping of public worship and gatherings altogether in the Diocese if there will be no change in terms of the noted relaxed attitude,” Fr. Mumba says in his letter obtained by ACI Africa.
He explains, “In most of our Parishes and institutions, the preventive measures of COVID-19 have been relaxed very much and, in some cases, even completely abandoned.”
The lax adherence to the health guidelines is “quite frightening as it is life threatening to our people,” the Zambian Cleric adds.