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Coronavirus: Catholic Churches Not to Hold Public Masses from Sunday

Fanni Kaszás 2020.03.17.

The Hungarian Catholic Bishop’s Conference (MKPK) has announced today in a statement on their website that besides the previously introduced measures in churches and religious communities, it is now inevitable to suspend all public liturgy in the churches from the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 22, 2020.

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According to the statement of the MKPK, unless otherwise specified by the relevant county bishop, the churches will not be closed, but all public liturgy will be suspended effective Sunday, March 22nd in the churches. The only exceptions are funerals, which must be kept in a short, simple form. MKPK has exempt the faithful from personal attendance at Sunday Mass until further notice.

However, priests are asked to continue to hold masses in their churches or appropriate chapels, so that missionary intentions may be carried out, while the faithful are encouraged to join from their homes.

The Bishops’ Conference also recommended that, instead of participating in the mass, people should spend sufficient time praying, reading the Bible, individually or with family. Furthermore, the public service television broadcasts masses on Sundays and public holidays. The MKPK also allows for a general absolution until withdrawal, given the state of emergency.

featured photo: Mátraverebély, outdoor mass during the coronavirus outbreak. (MTI/Komka Péter)