May 22 - Extracts of Media Update
22nd May 2020
This is an extract from the Media Update dated 22nd May 2020 - Reopening of Churches for Public Worship
The Catholic Church has yet to receive confirmation from the authorities concerning approval has been given by the National Security Council (NSC) to selected places of worship located in green zones (COVID-19 free districts) to allow them to open their premises to the public for worship in accordance with the SOP.
The Catholic Church has submitted a list of churches from several dioceses under the Bishops Conference of Malaysia to the Ministry of National Unity.
We must weigh different considerations before we decide to reopen our churches, namely compliance with the restrictions imposed by the government, current development of this health crisis which remains volatile, advice of our medical and public health consultants, capacity of the identified parishes to meet the demands of the SOP and other public health protocols.
- We will continue to provide spiritual support to our community through various initiatives, especially the live streaming of masses.
- Since the start of the suspension of public masses, the Catholic Bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of obligation. This dispensation remains in force for all the faithful even if some parishes are allowed to resume masses in a limited and restricted way based on the NSC’s SOP.