Manila church temporary closed after priest, 3 staff test positive for COVID-19

January 3, 2022 - 10:10 AM
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The National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Manila. (Facebook/National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus)

A national shrine in Manila has been temporarily closed after a priest and three of its personnel tested positive of COVID-19.

The National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus has suspended public Masses for two weeks from December 31 until January 14.

“For the duration of the closure, there will be thorough disinfection and intensive sanitation and, hence, the churchgoers are requested to refrain from coming to the Church in the meantime,” the shrine said in a statement.

The parish encouraged its parishioners to instead attend Masses through its online livestreams.

“Let us implore the Almighty God in our fervent prayers for the sick that they will be restored to good health, through the constant intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our beloved Patron of Hope, Saint Jude Thaddeus,” the shrine added.