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Kochi: Varappuzha Latin Archdiocese stated that churches can decide on whether to open the churches after the lockdown or not. Some parishes have decided not to open churches in a hurry. The churches can take a decision regarding this, the archdiocese made it clear.
The archdiocese directed that over 15 people should not be allowed to enter the church on special occasions. A difference of opinion existed among various churches regarding the opening of churches after lockdown.
Ernakulam Angamaly Archdiocese protection committee had given a letter to the Archbishop requesting not to open churches hastily. Based on this, the archdiocese decided to leave the matter to the churches.
The major concern is whether priests aged above 65 years can enter churches. As most of the priests and bishops are above 65 years old, this will create trouble. Also there are concerns about whether the rituals of Holy Mass can be completed adhering to the safety protocol.
Following this, Angamaly archdiocese sought a clarification from the government. The archdiocese directed that even if churches are opened, rituals should not be conducted with maximum participation.
The Jacobite church decided to open churches following the government instructions. Catholicos Baselios Thomas I stated in a circular that priests and devotees aged above 65 years should not enter the churches. Other churches also will decide on the matter soon.