Catholics Against Closure of Church in Rome: “Christ Quarantined”



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Catholics Against Closure of Church in Rome: “Christ Quarantined”



Some Catholics have criticized the decision to close the church in Rome to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and Pope Francis warned against “drastic measures”.

Some believers have criticized on social media the decision of Cardinal Angel De Donatis, accusing him of giving in to the government.



One commenter estimated that “Christ was quarantined”.

Pope: Drastic measures are not always good

Catholic bishops around the world are deciding how to combat the pandemic in their dioceses and how they will help their communities.

“Drastic measures are not always good,” Pope said in a comment at the beginning of the morning mass, which was broadcast live on the Internet and television.

The Pope asked God to give the priests “the strength and ability to choose the best way to help the” affected by the pandemic “in order to implement measures that do not leave the holy faithful people of God alone.”

De Donatis, Vicar of the Pope for the Diocese of Rome, ordered the closure of more than 900 Catholic churches under his jurisdiction yesterday by April 3rd. Until then, only the masses had been canceled because of the coronavirus.

Some churches, however, remained open

Bishops can decide whether to leave their churches open or close them and many in some parts of Italy remain open.

The Pope is Bishop of Rome, and Cardinal De Donatis is his deputy. It is unknown whether De Donatis sought the Pope's permission for his decision.

On Wednesday, the Italian government closed almost all commercial activities in the country except pharmacies, food stores and other stores selling essential goods and services.

Customers are only allowed to shop in small groups, have to keep a safe distance from each other and in some cases wear surgical masks.

Priest: My heart is broken

Critics believe that prayer in churches, though also at a safe distance and with face masks, should be considered an essential service.

“My heart is broken,” a priest from a Roman parish, Maurizio Mirilli, commented on Twitter.

“I have to close everything, even the church. I feel like the father they were taken away from.”

“Closed churches in the capital of Christianity are wounds we will hardly forget,” Gaetano Strano tweeted.

“The church is independent of the state and is not required to follow government norms,” ​​he added.

Catholics Against Closure of Church in Rome: “Christ Quarantined”

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