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Observe health protocols, protect the vulnerable, says Manila archbishop

/ 04:05 PM December 15, 2023

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Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula. (Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Capiz)

MANILA, Philippines — Archdiocese of Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula has advised Catholics on Friday to observe health safety protocols in their celebration of the Christmas season.

In a circular, Cardinal Advincula told the faithful to wear face masks and observe hand hygiene, and that sick people should stay at home.


On December 16,  Filipino Catholics will begin the Simbang Gabi tradition, a series of nine masses until Christmas Eve.


“Heeding the recommendations of the Ministry on Health Care of the Archdiocese of Manila, we request our communities to observe the health and safety protocols. Let us practice voluntary wearing of face masks and hand hygiene. Those who are ill must be reminded to stay at home so as not to spread infection,” Cardinal Advincula said.

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Cardinal Advincula added that reports on the rising number of case of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 should not hinder the people from embracing and relishing the joys of the Christmas season.

“We continue to receive reports about incidences of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. But we will not allow them to deprive us of Christmas joy,” he added.

Health protocols and charity, compassion

Advincula likewise added that observance of health protocols will be gestures of charity and compassion to other people, especially those who are vulnerable.

“Let these measures be our gesture of charity and compassion for others, especially those who are vulnerable,” he said.

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