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Hanggang tingin na lang! CBCP discourages holding hands during ‘Our Father’

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is discouraging the faithful from holding hands with other believers during the singing of “Our Father” in mass amid fears over the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV).

In a circular issued Wednesday (January 29), CBCP Secretary General Fr. Marvin Mejia said the the shaking of hands among believers during the exchange of the sign of peace is also discouraged.

Mejia cited the “moment of uncertainty” over the illness caused by the virus and the recommendation of health experts as the reasons behind the CBCP’s recommendations.

“Let it also be our pastoral duty to remind our faithful to heed the recommendations of medical experts and officials so that we prevent the acquisition and spread of the disease,” he said.

A total of 6,152 cases of the 2019-nCOV have been confirmed worldwide as of January 29, with 132 deaths.

There are no confirmed cases in the Philippines yet, but 23 persons are under investigation after showing symptoms associated with the 2019-nCOV.

Mejia also asked the Catholic faithful to pray the Oratio Imperata or obligatory prayer for protection and guidance starting Sunday, February 2.

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