Port Louis, 17 March, 2021 / 10:18 am (ACI Africa).
In the wake of a surge in reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius, religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation have underscored the need to adhere to government guidelines prohibiting gatherings.
In their statement circulated Tuesday, March 16, the religious leaders under the auspices of Council of Religions (CoR) note that failure to comply puts human life at risk, which is “not an act of worship.”
The leaders say that the people of God in the country “are living an exceptional experience” due to the pandemic, which “wreaks havoc and disrupts our daily life.”
“It hurts us not to come together for prayer in our places of worship. But we are convinced that endangering the lives of our loved ones and our communities in general by gathering in large numbers is not an act of worship,” officials of CoR says.
The religious leaders who include representatives of the Catholic Church in the country add, “Now is the time to show that faith is part of the preventive and reactive actions to protect each other in order to save our rainbow island from COVID-19.”