Churches in Gabon will reopen for public worship on Sunday, October 25, the Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have said in a collective message, a decision that goes against the government’s October 16 announcement to defer the resumption of public worship by five more days.
Children under the age of six and the those above 65 years have been allowed to participate in public worship in Kenya in the latest phased reopening that has also revised upwards the number of people allowed in places of worship at once.
As frustration mounts in South Sudan owing to closure of schools and the protracted suspension of public worship, the Archbishop of Juba has called for patience as stakeholders plan the safe way to allow for liturgical celebrations in public and resumption of schooling.
Extended duration of public worship and the age limit for participation are among the new guidelines in Kenya announced Tuesday, August 11 by the Catholic Archbishop-led Interfaith Council.
Catholic Bishops in Senegal have announced their collective decision to keep churches closed even after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions and urged the faithful “to be patient in faith and in hope.”
Places of worship in Mozambique will remain closed for another 30 days in a new set of measures by the President of the Southern African nation, Filipe Jaicinto Nyusi who extended a ban on social gatherings in the country starting Monday, June 29.
The people of God in Chad will have to wait for a little while before they can take part in public Mass as Bishops in the Central African nation are engaging relevant stakeholders in consultation and in prayer before they can announce “a realistic date.”
The decision by the leadership of Nigeria’s State of Lagos to put on hold the reopening of places of worship “till further notice” has disappointed the Catholic Archbishop in the country’s largest city who says that precautionary measures had already been put in place and that worshipers would be safer in “Church premises than in other public places such as markets and motor parks.”
The newly constituted Inter-faith Council with the mandate to guide the resumption of public worship in Kenya will be headed by Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese, the Kenyan government announced in a Gazette notice Friday, June 12.
A Kenyan Catholic activist is spearheading an online campaign for the resumption of public worship in the East African nation while adhering to “necessary measures.”
Catholic Bishops in Kenya will be meeting in “coming days” to define a way that will see the lifting of the ban on public worship in the East African country after a successful engagement with the government that took place early this week, ACI Africa has been told in an interview.
As places of worship remain closed in Nigeria as one of the measures in Africa’s most populous country to curb the possible spread of COVID-19, the Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama has appealed to the Federal government to allow Christians to participate in public Mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 while observing specific guidelines.
The immediate closure of all places of worship in Kenya was among the raft of measures the government announced Sunday, March 22 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the confirmed cases of the deadly virus increased more than twofold from 7 to 15, while in neighboring Tanzania, the country’s President was reported encouraging public worship.