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Attending Sunday Mass Again Compulsory for Catholics

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.14.

From now on, attending Sunday mass will “once again be compulsory” for Catholics, except for the elderly and the sick, who will continue to be exempt, the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK) said on Thursday.

The general dispensation from attending mass prompted by the coronavirus epidemic has been discontinued, it said.

The decision was based on the opinion of epidemiologists, with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions and the high rate of the inoculated taken into account, the church leadership said.

At the same time, diocesan bishops have the freedom to introduce different rules based on local needs, the MKPK said.

Pope Francis to Celebrate Closing Mass of International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square
Pope Francis to Celebrate Closing Mass of International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square

The International Eucharistic Congress (NEK) scheduled to be held in Budapest from Sept. 5 to 12 will feature holy masses, predications, and cultural and family programmes, the organisers said on Thursday. The congress’s opening mass will be celebrated at Heroes’ Square, Gábor Mohos, the head of the NEK secretariat, told a press conference. On Sept. […]Continue reading

The bishops have asked the faithful to observe social distancing guidelines, wear masks and use hand sanitisers.

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