“It is a grave sin to disregard health advice at this time” – Archbishop Scicluna

Archbishop Charles J Scicluna was interviewed on Newsbook as part of the series Newsbook Q&A. Fr Joe Borg led the interview which focused on the current situation regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The interview will be aired on 103 Malta’s Heart on Newsbook Hour on Thursday 19th March at 13:00h.

17:04 This blog ends here. Thank you for following.
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17:02 The Archbishop said that at this stage one cannot assume that the visit will happen as scheduled but the decision will be taken in due course and will be announced accordingly.
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17:02 Fr Joe Borg asked the Archbishop about the Pope's visit scheduled for May 2020.
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16:58 The Archbishop said that the people have the duty to follow the instructions issued by the relevant authorities.

He also said that as Christians we have the responsibility to protect each other and they should not fail in doing so.
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16:56 Scicluna also said that the Church has no power to tell the authorities, the government to issue certain measures, especially related to the economy. But said that we all have to assume responsibility and co-operate with the authorities.
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16:55 He said that we have to admit and accept that we will go through a hard time and it will affect a lot of families.
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16:55 The Archbishop is replying to questions sent by the readers.
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16:51 The Archbishop is referring to migrants fleeing their countries for a better life, the children suffering hunger. He said they are too a virus we need to cure.

He said that these situations could have been tackled a long time ago.
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16:50 He then said that difficult times should not determine our state of mind.
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16:48 Archbishop said that people might ask why does a child, an innocent person, can get sick with the virus. Archbishop Scicluna said that God can be our strength in the most difficult time.
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16:45 Fr Joe Borg has asked the Archbishop about Auschwitz, a place where some people believe that God abandoned humankind.

The Archbishop explained that at that time God did not abandon the Jews but he was again suffering with them.
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16:44 Archbishop Scicluna said that he believes that God will help us overcome this virus through human intelligence.
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16:42 Archbishop Scicluna is referring to a prayer Pope Francis prayed this week in Rome. During an interview with Il Corriere Della Sera Poe Francis said he prayed to God to stop this pandemic.
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16:41 He thanked all the medical staff who are assisting the people who have contracted coronavirus.
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16:40 Archbishop Scicluna said in the future we need to think and analyze why did this virus spread.
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16:39 Fr Joe Borg is leading the interview focusing on the current situation regarding the spread of coronavirus.
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16:24 Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.
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