Catholic Diocese Bans Corpses From Churches Over Ebola

As Nigerians continue to grapple with the fear of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, has issued a directed that henceforth, worshippers will no longer be allowed to take corpses of late relations to churches for funeral Mass. The move was made in an apparent bid to check the spread of the virus.
The diocese went on to direct that corpses of deceased members should be given immediate burial.
Corpses will be allowed to be brought to the churches in the area only on one condition, which is the production of death certificates issued by relevant medical authorities.
A statement to that effect was issued on behalf of the Bishop of the diocese, Very Rev. Athanissius Usu by the Director of Communications in the diocese, Rev. Fr. Moses Iorapuu, in Makurdi on Saturday.
It was also contained in the statement that a change will be adopted in the method of serving the Holy Communion. Members will henceforth receive it in their hands as against the practice of putting it on their tongue by the priest.
The diocese advised priests, who conduct pastoral visitation to hospitals to be cautious and seek doctor’s permission before touching sick people with undisclosed illnesses.
It also announced the prohibition of group prayer sessions that involved touching and praying over unknown sicknesses.
“We hope that with these preventive pastoral and standard procedures and with prayers and steadfastness in responsible behaviours, the Lord will keep this virus away from us.
We also encourage personal hygiene, washing of hands regularly, clean environment and eating habits.
We urge you not to ignore government’s advice and other official statements on how to prevent the outbreak of Ebola virus,” it stated.

Author: NewsAdmin

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