Catholic Bishops in Ghana call for live streaming of church service amidst coronavirus pandemic
Most Rev Philip Naameh, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Metroplitan Archbishop of Tamale in response to the shelving of all forms of gatherings by the government amidst coronavirus outbreak in the country has urged the faithful and church authorities to resort to other means of engaging in all forms of spiritual exercise laying emphasis on streaming church services live.
In a statement released on Monday March 16, 2020, the Prelate’s outfit advised the Church in Ghana to abide by the directives from the government and put all public spiritual programmes such as retreats, devotions, meetings, confessions, pilgrimages etc. be suspended for the next four weeks.
The statement also directs the faithful to resort to other means of embarking on a spiritual journey such as streaming live church service and other activities till calm is restored
Find below the full statement from the Bishops’ Conference
To all Archbishops, Bishops, Priests and the Lay Faithful,
FURTHER DIRECTIVES ON THE CORONAVRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC FROM THE GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
I send you the Season’s greetings from the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra.
Following the address of the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo at 10pm on Sunday March 15, 2020 in which new directives were issued on the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference urge full compliance as follows:
1. All Public Masses be suspended for the next four weeks
2. All Public Spiritual Programmes such as retreats, devotions, meetings, confessions, pilgrimages etc. be suspended for the next four weeks
3. All Catholic Schools be closed until further notice as directed
4. All funerals and weddings should be suspended for the next four weeks
5. That burials may be performed but with not more than 25 people in attendance
We also recommend the following:
1. That daily private Masses should be offered for God’s intervention with not
more than five people in attendance
2. That Churches and adoration chapels be opened for private prayers by parishioners.Please, do well to observe the required distance of two meters
and pray in silence.
3. That where possible, live streaming of Masses should be encouraged to enable
the faithful receive spiritual Communion
4. We exhort all Catholics and people of faith to intensify individual and family
prayers and encourage all to read the daily Mass readings and reflections
provided on several social media platforms.
In addition to the above recommendations, we urge all Ghanaians to keep observing
the basic precautionary measures that will help minimize the spread of the virus as well as protect oneself from being infected with Covid-19.
May our Lady, Mother of the Church and Health of the sick intercede for us and the whole world. Amen.
MOST REV. PHILIP NAAMEH
METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF TAMALE AND PRESIDENT, GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE.
ISSUED ON MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020.
Source: Radio Angelus