It’s too early to reopen, authorities tell Church – Mgr Grech

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The health authorities have told the Dioceses of Malta and Gozo that it was still too early to reopen Churches, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said on Saturday during an interview on Newsbook Hour aired on 103FM.

Asked when will the Churches reopen and liturgical functions resume, Mgr Grech explained that about two weeks ago the health authorities replied that it was still too early to reopen the Church when asked by Archbishop Charles Scicluna and himself.

In Italy, liturgical functions, weddings, funerals and baptism are set to resume from 18 May. However, the religious functions will have to respect social distancing regulations.

No successor yet

During the interview Mgr Grech said that his successor has not been chosen yet. he remarked that while the country was facing the coronavirus outbreak, the Diocese of Gozo remained without a bishop.

Pope Francis had appointed Mgr Grech as General Pro-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.

Mgr Grech remarked that the decision was not for him to make and that the nunciature was responsible for appointing a new bishop for the Diocese of Gozo. He added that while he continued to lead the faithful, he could not give it his full attention due to the new post.

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