Coronavirus: Italy resumes public church services as government relaxes COVID-19 lockdown

Coronavirus: Italy resumes public church services as government relaxes COVID-19 lockdown

- Pope Francis has urged Italians to protect their health and that of others as churches have been allowed to open

- Italian government reopened churches across the country as the COVID-19 restriction is relaxed

- Masses are being held in churches under strict new guidelines worked out between the country’s bishops and government

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The government of Italy has reopened churches across the country as the coronavirus restriction is relaxed.

After Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Monday, May 18, Catholic churches across Italy held public Masses for the first time in two months.

The cleric held a private Mass in a side chapel where St. John Paul II is buried to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the late Polish pope’s birth, Reuters reports.

YEN.com.gh gathers that churches in Italy are holding Masses under strict new guidelines worked out between the country’s bishops and the government.

On Sunday, May 17, the pope urged Italians to follow the guidelines in order to protect their health and that of other people.

Pietro Muratori said: “Coming here was a unique opportunity. It was surreal and with the number of visitors at a minimum, the basilica was more wonderful than ever."

Meanwhile, the situation in Ghana is quite different as President Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gathering to the end of May.

After May 31, the President would announce whether or not the ban would be lifted

President Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on social gatherings by two more weeks. | #Yencomgh(opens in new tab)

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