Bishops to discuss the re-opening of churches with Minister Fearne

Curia –

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On Monday at 6pm, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi and Gozo’s Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Mario Grech will be meeting Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne to discuss the way forward on whether Churches are to re-open in view of the fact that Prime Minister Robert Abela hinted on Sunday that restaurants and hairdressers amongst other businesses will re-open in the coming days.

Archbishop Scicluna announced the meeting with Minister Chris Fearne on twitter as he referred to a tweet by Fr John Govè.

Fr Govè put the question on twitter that if restaurants and hairdressers are to open this week why can’t churches re-open too? Is the economy more important than the free exercise of faith, wrote Fr Govè.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna commented that this is a very valid point and that is why a meeting was requested with the Health Minister.

On Friday, during an interview on 103 Malta’s Heart the Archbishop said that in Malta the authorities are very cautious as they do not want an environment that is not safe for the people. Archbishop Scicluna also said he does not want to re-open Churches when the situation is not safe yet.

Speaking during an interview, hosted by Fr Joe Borg on Newsbook Hour on Saturday, Minister Fearne spoke about the need to find a balance between the economy and public health.

Following the coronavirus developments, the Curia had announced on March 12th that all daily masses and masses held on Sundays, children’s catechesis were cancelled and that the Curia will start broadcasting live a mass every day at 9:30 am and the Rosary at 5:30 pm.

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