The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has directed the suspension of all public Masses.
Spiritual programs such as retreats, devotions, meetings, confessions and pilgrimages as well as funerals, weddings among others have also been suspended.
The directive is with with immediate effect and has four weeks duration period.
Furthermore, the Conference has directed closure of all Catholic Schools until further notice.
These directives were contained in a circular dated March 16, 2020, and signed by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh.
It was addressed to all Archbishops, Bishops, Priests and the Lay Faithful.
According to the Conference, the directives were in furtherance to the directives given by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, March 15, 2020 following reported and confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.
In the case of burials, the Conference directed that it may be performed “but with not more than 25 people in attendance”.
The Conference has however, recommended that daily private Masses should be offered for God’s intervention with not more than five people in attendance.
“Churches and adoration chapels be opened for private prayers by parishioners. Please do well to observe the required distance of two meters and pray in silence”, the circular, a copy of which is in possession with kasapafmonline.com in part read.
It also said where possible, live streaming of Masses should be encouraged to enable the faithful receive spiritual Communion, further exhorting Catholics and people of faith to intensify individual and family prayers and encourage all to read the daily Mass readings and reflections provided on several social media platforms.
In addition to the recommendations, the Conference urged all Ghanaians to keep observing observing basic precautionary measures that will help minimize the spread of the coronavirus as well as protect one self from being infected with COVID-19.
Ghana has at Sunday, March 15, 2020, confirmed and recorded six (6) cases of coronavirus from an initial two recorded on Thursday, March 12, 2020.