Watch: Funeral mass to be allowed – Archbishop

Archbishop Mons. Charles Scicluna announced that following a meeting between the Maltese Bishops and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci, mass will be allowed to be celebrated once again in funerals.

Mons. Scicluna gave his first comments following the meeting to, in which he described the meeting as a very positive one. The meeting was about the relaxation of certain restrictive measures taken because of the spread of coronavirus, with regards to church functions.

He said that the Bishops asked Dr Fearne and Prof. Gauci if mass could start being allowed to be celebrated during a funeral when someone is laid to rest, now that this week will see the reopening of hairdressers and restaurants, amongst others, as announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.

Mons. Scicluna said that certain conditions imposed on the celebration of this mass will be given by the end of the week, but it will have to be celebrated in an open space.

In three weeks, the discussions between the health and Church authorities will continue to assess the situation at the time and decide on the possible relaxation of more measures. The Archbishop described the dialogue as being a very positive one.

Prime Minister Robert Abela is about to deliver a press conference, possibly about the relaxation of measures related to the reopening of businesses.

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