Catholic churches suspend masses

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By S. Harrish

ALL masses at Catholic churches in Peninsular Malaysia have been suspended from March 14 to 29 in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The KL Archdiocese, Penang Diocese and Malacca-Johor Diocese said the suspension is a temporary measure due to the crisis.

According to a FreeMalaysiaToday report quoting a statement from the church, all catechism classes should also be cancelled along with related programmes as well as activities, including fellowship gatherings.

“Any weddings or funerals are to be conducted privately with guests limited to immediate family members and close friends,” the statement read.

However, it said churches, chapels and prayer rooms would remain open for personal prayer sessions, while priests are still required to offer masses in private.

Earlier today, a public health think tank, the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy urged Friday prayers at mosques, church masses and temple ceremonies to be temporarily stopped, in the wake of new Covid-19 cases detected at houses of worship.