Poznan, Poland, Mar 10, 2020 / 09:50 am
The president of the Polish bishops' conference has asked for an increase in the number of Sunday Masses said in the country so that more people can attend safely amid the coronavirus outbreak.
"In connection with the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspector that there should be no large gatherings of people, I ask to increase – as far as possible – the number of Sunday Masses in churches so that a number of believers can attend the liturgy … according to the guidelines of the sanitary services," Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań wrote in a statement sent March 10 to CNA.
Because among a church's function is to cure spiritual disease, "it is unthinkable that we do not pray in our churches," he reflected.
According to the World Health Organization, there are 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland, and zero deaths. The country has imported cases only; that is, all cases have been acquired outside its territory.