Coronovirus scare: No more handshakes and hugging in Catholic Church

Coronovirus scare: No more handshakes and hugging in Catholic Church

- Handshakes, hugs, and kisses have been banned in the catholic church

- This move follows the recent scare of Coronavirus that has hit certain countries

- Ministers are expected to sanitise their hands or wash them well after giving communion

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The Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference(GCBC) in a bid to reduce the possible means of contraction and being affected by the coronavirus have issued a directive to that effect.

According to a report filed by, the GCBC said Ministers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands or use sanitizers before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.

Also stated in the directive, the usual handshakes and hugs that occur during Peace in the celebration of the Holy Mass are also discouraged.

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”All are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Ministers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands or use sanitizer before and after distributing Holy Communion. Avoid handshakes and embracing one another during Kiss of Peace,” President of the Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh said.

Henceforth, there would be no handshakes during mass in Catholic Churches throughout the country as well as congregants receiving communion on their tongues as part of measures to guard against the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Recently, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican city, reportedly tested negative to the Coronavirus, bringing a relief sigh amid tension generated by the health state of the aged pontiff.

The 83-year-old Catholic leader was forced to cancel a string of engagements last week after showing symptoms suggestive of common cold including cough, fever, chills and sore throat.

This followed is interaction with someone believed to have been infected with the virus.

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In other news, Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak, in the scare of COVID-19, has taken some precautionary measures to protect himself.

He was spotted on Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020, in Parliament, wearing a nose mask while seated quietly at his designated spot.

The Member of Parliament has time without number expressed worry and concern about the fast-spreading viral disease.

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