Media Statement issued by the Ministry of National Unity: Reopening of Churches for Public Worship

According to the Media Statement issued by the Ministry of National Unity dated 21/5/2020, approval has been given by the National Security Council (NSC) to selected places of worship located in green zones (COVID-19 free districts) to allow them to open their premises to the public for worship in accordance with the SOP issued by the NSC.

May 22, 2020


                                                         MEDIA STATEMENT

Reopening of Churches for Public Worship
According to the Media Statement issued by the Ministry of National Unity dated 21/5/2020, approval has been given by the National Security Council (NSC) to selected places of worship located in green zones (COVID-19 free districts) to allow them to open their premises to the public for worship in accordance with the SOP issued by the NSC.

As of this morning, we have yet to receive confirmation from the authorities concerning the above and we have received no further news apart from what was released to the public.

The Catholic Church has submitted a list of churches from several dioceses under the Bishops Conference of Malaysia to the Ministry of National Unity. We have no news with regards to churches that had been selected, neither are we privy to the criteria for selection apart from the requirement that the church must be located in a green zone.

The Catholic Church is aware that our members are eagerly waiting to return to their respective churches but we would ask them to be patient. We must weigh different considerations before we decide to reopen our churches, namely compliance with the restrictions imposed by the government, current development of this health crisis which remains volatile, advice of our medical and public health consultants, capacity of the identified parishes to meet the demands of the SOP and other public health protocols.

We will continue to provide spiritual support to our community through various initiatives, especially the live streaming of masses.

Since the start of the suspension of public masses, the Catholic Bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of obligation. This dispensation remains in force for all the faithful even if some parishes are allowed to resume masses in a limited and restricted way based on the NSC’s SOP.

Let us continue to pray for our front liners, especially those who are in health care and let us never abandon our trust in God to bring about a resolution to this crisis.

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