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Philippine bishops issue directives to prevent coronavirus outbreak

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of the Philippines have asked Catholics to receive Communion only in the hand, to refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer and to regularly clean out holy water fonts.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also sent every parish an obligatory prayer to be recited ‘after Communion, kneeling down’, asking God to protect people from ‘the 2019 N-coronavirus that has claimed lives and has affected many’.

Fides, the news agency of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, reported on the guidelines and prayer, which were released in late January.

The Catholic Church has issued safety precautions to aid in limiting the spread of the coronavirus, according to Fides, the news agency for the Evangelisation of Peoples. These safety measures, while necessary, may prove disconcerting to traditional Catholics.

The Church directs its followers ‘to follow the health recommendations of experts in order to prevent the spread of the disease’.

Picture: Following confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines, passengers wearing protective masks arrive at the departure area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on 5th February 2020. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters).