AMERICA/BOLIVIA - The church suspends all activities, but for the authorities elections will be held

Friday, 20 March 2020 human rights   area crisis   coronavirus  


La Paz (Agenzia Fides) - The Catholic Church in Bolivia has decided to suspend liturgies and pastoral activities as a primary measure in the face of the international Coronavirus crisis. The Bolivian Bishops' Conference had already recommended its parish priests to give communion in the hands and to omit the greeting of peace. Catechesis and other religious activities will also be reprogrammed to avoid any type of contagion.
The Catholic Church has decided to suspend even the Sunday liturgy and its parochial activities in the face of the health emergency that the country is experiencing due to the coronavirus, informed the president of the Bishops' Conference of Bolivia (CEB), Mgr. Ricardo Centellas, in his speech on radio to Fides.
In almost all the dioceses of the country, indications have been published to postpone any ecclesial meeting as an urgent measure.
Unfortunately, the Bolivian authorities still have not conformed to such behavior regarding the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for May 3. In fact, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) of Bolivia works tirelessly for the presidential elections of May 3, although some sectors of society ask to postpone it due to the coronavirus epidemic that has already infected 12 people.
The TSE published this week the list of voters and the list of seat presidents.
The pandemic that stopped the whole world has motivated the requests for postponement of these elections, but so far the TSE and the two main political parties have refused.
TSE president Salvador Romero reported over the weekend that "the date" for the elections in which seven million voters are called to express their vote "is confirmed".
Unfortunately, even part of the population is divided in the face of this event. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/3/2020)