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Coronavirus: Faithful charged for breaking decree and going to church

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Twelve worshippers and two priests were charged by the police on Sunday for going to church after decrees issued this week banned the faithful from attending services.

According to the police, after they received information officers went to churches in Astromeritis, Akaki and Skouriotisa.

In Astromeritis they found six people in the Ayios Afxivios church and once the service concluded police charged them in addition to the priest.

In Akaki three people were charged when they were found attending a service in the Panayia Chryseleousa church in addition to the priest.

In Skouriotissa three people were charged for attending the service.

All three churches are under the Morphou diocese.

Morphou Bishop Neophytos said on Thursday that “the church has had its own sacred tradition and its own laws and sacred rules for two thousand years to ensure and maintain the psychosomatic health of the faithful.” He called on people to attend services as usual.

Archbishop Chrystsotomos, however, responded to his comments claiming that there is no place in the Church for bravado.

The Archbishop said they would ask the government to reconsider, but that for now bishops and the faithful ought to observe all measures announced by the state.

The latest round of measures means that church services must be held without a congregation while weddings, funerals and baptisms can have a maximum of ten people.

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