Kisii Catholic Diocese Bishop, Joseph Mairura challenged those with weddings to suspend them and any other form of parties by urging priests to shun masses attracting huge crowds in a bid to curb the spread of corona virus.
Addressing the press on Thursday at St Vincent, he urged priests to conduct general ablutions in confessions, shelved adoration for big groups in the church and appealed to religious brothers and sisters to be careful as they administered pastoral work.
At the same time he called upon Christians to embrace hygiene and the government’s directive until the pandemic is controlled.
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“We can not pretend that there is no Corono Virus hence let us take precautions and measures more seriously, the Virus has affected many countries like China, Italy so Kenya we are not exceptional” he said
With those who have lost their beloved ones he appealed to bereaved members to bury their kin with small groups to avoid the risk of contracting the virus and organize for anniversaries once it is wiped out.
He said the church has suspended silver anniversary for the Carmelite sisters slated for March 21 as a measure to avoid crowds to reduce the risks of the virus.
Mairura, was accompanied by Priests Jeremiah Nyakundi ( Vicar General) , Henry Momanyi, Apolinaris Masese, Vincent Simba, Richard Nyangoto, Arnold Maronga and Lawrence Mandere as he said that scientists are working hard and find a cure for the disease to end suffering of people.
“ We have water and sanitizers at our churches. I urge faithful to wash hands and shun hand greetings as a measure to prevent the virus from spreading from one individual to another” said Bishop Mairura
“let us observe and be alert to follow the Governments directives until this pandemic is controlled ” he added