On behalf of the faithful and pastors of the Church in Poland, the chairman of the KEP, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, thanked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for the decision to ease the restrictions on the number of believers in churches and other places of worship. From June 13, churches and places of worship will be able to occupy half of the seats. Until now, there was a limit of one person per 15 square meters.
“After difficult months of very limited opportunities to participate in religious services, this decision was expected by millions of believers all over Poland,” wrote Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference, in a letter to the prime minister, delivered on Thursday by the press office of the Episcopate.
“I trust that in the near future the sanitary restrictions in the social and economic dimension will be completely abolished, and the epidemic situation in our homeland will return to normal” – emphasized Archbishop Gądecki.
Easing sanitary restrictions in churches
He announced the information about easing the restrictions Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the conference on Thursday. He informed, inter alia, that from June 13, churches and places of religious worship could be occupied by half of the seats. Until now, there was a limit of one person per 15 square meters.
– The easing of sanitary restrictions in churches and religious worship buildings is a step in the right direction. Thanks to this, more of the faithful will participate in the Holy Mass, said the spokesman of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Fr. Leszek Gęsiak. He expressed the hope that the new situation would revive the sacramental life in parishes and contribute to the development of new pastoral initiatives.
– In view of the new regulations that reduce restrictions, it is highly probable that the existing dispensations will be completely abolished – said a spokesman for the KEP. He explained that diocesan bishops take such decisions autonomously depending on the epidemic situation in the local Church.
Asked whether the new decisions will affect the pastoral care of the Catholic Church in Poland, Fr. Gęsiak expressed the hope that the new limits would give a new impulse to the development of the life of faith. – Of course, we must not forget that despite the decrease in the number of daily infections and the increase in the number of vaccinated people, there is still a risk related to the spread of new coronavirus mutations – he stressed.
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