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The local Catholic Church is under fire for pushing through with the Black Nazarene activities Saturday despite the threat of the coronavirus.

Former Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda branded as “madness” the Church’s decision to proceed with the Feast of the Nazarene activity even though it is seen as a “superspreader event.” Church leaders, he said, should have canceled the religious event to ensure public health and safety.

“The Church should have canceled this superspreader event,” he tweeted.

Church leaders have canceled the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, that usually draws millions of devotees, and instead decided to hold regular masses at Quiapo Church in Manila to mark the feast.

Lacierda is puzzled why the Nazarene event was allowed but church masses especially during last Easter Sunday were suspended while the coronavirus lockdown remained in effect.

“If we did not attend church for Easter Sunday, the most impt. Christian event, why didn’t we forego this procession?” he said.

“The Church priorities are mixed up. This is madness,” he said.

The former Palace official was reacting to a video posted by DZMM Teleradyo of Nazarene devotees breaking queues and physical distancing to receive blessings after a mass at Quiapo church.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tried to downplay the concern raised by Lacierda.

“Oh ye of zero faith,” Locsin commented on Lacierda’s tweet.

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