Legal measures taken against priest over holding mass amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Mon, 13 Apr 2020 - 05:05 GMT

FILE - An Egyptian Catholic woman lights candle during a mass on Christmas eve at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 24

FILE - An Egyptian Catholic woman lights candle during a mass on Christmas eve at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 24

CAIRO – 13 April 2020: Security officials took the legal procedures against a priest who allowed a mass to be held in violation of the government’s decisions to ban gatherings as part of the coronavirus precautionary measures.

According to Masrawy website, an official source at the Coptic Orthodox Church explained the details of the church’s decision to close all churches and mourning halls, limit any funeral to the family of the deceased only, and suspend all ritual services, masses and activities.

The source told Masrawy that the permanent committee of the Holy Synod headed by His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, held several meetings, and discussed some of the violations to the decision to ban gatherings and meetings inside the churches.

The source added that during the meetings, violations by a number of bishops and priests were spotted, which required intervention to protect the people of the church. The source stressed that the church has directly taken its decisions without any interference from the state’s agencies.

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