aA
Public Masses at Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania are not being suspended despite the spread of coronavirus, Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said on Friday.
Archbishop: churches not suspending Masses
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

"There are no immediate plans to cancel Masses, especially in those village churches where smaller groups of people usually gather," Grusas said in a news conference at Vilnius Cathedral.

"(Let me) remind people to keep space, and priests and parishioners to air the churches. Masses will be held everywhere," he said.

According to the archbishop, the faithful will have the option to receive communion in their hands, rather than on the tongue, or spiritually.

Grusas also called on the faithful to take care of people around them, especially those who are at higher risk for the coronavirus: the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions.

The latter are advised against attending Masses and encouraged to watch services on TV or radio instead.

Earlier this month, the Lithuanian Bishops' Conference, decided to drain holy water fonts in churches and advised the faithful against kissing crosses and other relics.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

811 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Sunday morning, there were 811 COVID-19 cases in Lithuania. 10 deaths related to the novel...

10th coronavirus death reported

Another patient infected with COVID-19 died in Lithuania on Saturday, bringing the country's death...

Lithuania no longer allows cars from Russia, Belarus to enter

A ban for passenger cars to enter Lithuania from Belarus and Russia have come into force on...

President signs into law tougher penalties for breaking quarantine rules

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has signed into law a legislative package introducing tougher...

Lithuania counts 771 confirmed coronavirus cases

On Saturday morning there were 771 confirmed coronavirus cases in Lithuania. On Friday, 75 new...

Top news

President signs into law tougher penalties for breaking quarantine rules

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has signed into law a legislative package introducing tougher...

811 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Sunday morning, there were 811 COVID-19 cases in Lithuania. 10 deaths related to the novel...

Lithuania's Devold says could make 100,000 medical coveralls by late summer

Norwegian-owned Lithuanian textile manufacturer Devold says it could producer around 100,000...

10th coronavirus death reported

Another patient infected with COVID-19 died in Lithuania on Saturday, bringing the country's death...

Lithuania no longer allows cars from Russia, Belarus to enter

A ban for passenger cars to enter Lithuania from Belarus and Russia have come into force on...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina