Some Catholics in Ghana are also tuning into daily Mass and other Catholic faith-based programmes on EWTN, the world’s largest Catholic television.
Other religious bodies in Ghana including the office of the National Chief Imam, Apostolic Church, the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Assemblies of God and Action Chapel have welcomed the decision by President Akufo-Addo to ban all public gatherings including church services with some announcing that “beginning from Tuesday, March 17 the church will conduct its worship as a congregation through its online platforms.”
“I urge all pastors to activate their live streaming platforms in order to minister to their congregation,” Pastor Mensa Otabil, the General Overseer of the ICGC church, said on Monday, March 16, 2020.
In the face of the pandemic, the National Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu has also suspended public Islamic religious activities to complement the government's measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
“Henceforth, the Leader of the Muslim daily Salat known as the Muezzin will announce call to prayer to commence individual prayers at various homes,” said the Chief Imam, noting that “the restriction of public gatherings is in accordance with protocols enshrined in the Quran to preserve and ensure healthy lives.”
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Action Chapel International (ACI) has also announced that all its services will be held online from the ACI Prayer Cathedral in Accra.
“No In-person service will be held for the next four weeks,” reads the ACI announcement in part.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference has criticized the government for not consulting with religious leaders in the country before the closure of churches as part of the measures to forestall the spread of the coronavirus.
The statement released by the Charismatic Bishops reads in part, “The notices from the Government do not mention the closure of night clubs, restaurants, and shopping malls, busy offices, banks, drinking spots, chop bars, lorry stations and markets. Such entities have been noted in other country’s experience, France being a good example, where the pandemic has not been controlled as such enterprises have remained opened.”
The Bishops noted that to only ask for the closure of churches and places of worship “is a biased view of the society and does not increase the chances of getting the disease under control.”