The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo addressing the nation on Sunday 26th July 2020 on measures taken against the spread of coronavirus lifted the ban on the limited number of 100 congregants participating in Church/Mosque activities and extended the service to 2 hours among many others. This new development will kick start on 1st August, 2020 and in line with this the Archbishop of the Kumasi Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Anokye has addressed Catholic faithful in his archdiocese on the new development.
He called on all Catholic Faithful in his Archdiocese both young and old to participate in the Eucharistic and other celebrations in their numbers beginning Sunday, 2nd August 2020 and dedicate that Sunday to thank God for His goodness and mercy shown to all during the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic.
Explaining further, he said all are allowed to come to church with the exception of those battling with serious medical conditions that are predisposed to danger. Meanwhile, churches and places of worship must respect the social distancing protocol by erecting canopies outside, if needed, to admit the expected number. Again, all Sacraments are to be administered within the existing protocols especially when visiting the sick and the home-bound with the communion or for anointing and confession.
The priestly ordination which is mostly held in the month of August is postponed to a future date; in the interim he urged all to keep the deacons to be ordained in prayer not forgetting all health workers, patients infected with COVID – 19, the dead, the bereaved families, government and health authorities worldwide.
As we patiently wait for directives from the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference on the way forward let us continue to adhere to instructions from our local Priests and Bishops to ensure smooth participation in Eucharistic and other celebrations.