Port Louis, 11 March, 2021 / 2:07 pm (ACI Africa).
A day after the leadership of Mauritius announced a two-week national lockdown to control the spike in daily COVID-19 cases, liturgical celebrations in public have been suspended in the Indian Ocean Island nation.
“Masses and public celebrations are suspended. However, each Priest could look for ways to animate prayer from a distance, to keep in touch by phone or through social networks,” the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat said Wednesday, March 10.
Cardinal Piat added, “For Sunday Mass, and even on weekdays, the Priest could celebrate Mass alone, or with a confrere, at the parish and share a video of this Mass on social networks.”
In the statement published on the website of his Diocese, the member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) also directed that churches remain closed except for funerals , which “will only be celebrated in the presence of a maximum of 30 people” while observing COVID-19 guidelines.
“For the sacrament of the sick in the hospital, Priests can go there on condition that they obtain the same protective measures as the nursing staff. They will avoid touching the patient and impose the oils with cotton,” the 79-year-old Mauritian Cardinal directed.