“We have a moral duty and civic responsibility to heed the Health Authorities’ advice”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have issued a statement urging the general public and church-goers to follow the instructions being given out by the Health Authorities in relation to the novel coronavirus or Covid-19.

In its statement the Church appealed to the general public to safeguard its elderly population which are most at risk. Archbishop Charles Scicluna in a newly published vlog emphasized that we have a moral duty and a civic responsibility.

The Church invited the Catholic communities to attend to adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

Parishes around Malta have been asked to organise adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on 12 and 13 March. Catholic communities have been urged to recite the Holy Rosary and pray against the spread of the coronavirus and for those who have already contracted the virus.

In its statement, the Diocese of Gozo said that:

  • Health authorities have requested the removal of holy water
  • Holy Communion is to be placed in the hands of those receiving it
  • Priests are reminded to wash and disinfect their hands before the start of mass and before communion