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Will Church Leaders Follow the Pope’s Example and Comply with the Governor’s Call?


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Evening Standard
The Pope calls for prayers for Covid-19 sufferers during live-streamed Mass

The Example of the Pope

Pope Francis holds private daily mass from his residence inside the Vatican. It has a livestream coverge. The pontiff decides not to hold regular mass in public. The Pope’s decision is to help prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. His regular online mass aims is to create closeness with those who suffer from the pandemic. “Let’s continue to pray together for the sick people, the health workers, so many people that are suffering from this epidemic,” said the pontiff at the beginning of the mass celebrated from the Casa Santa Marta residence. The livestream of the private morning liturgy will continue every day, according to the Vatican.

The Governor’s Call

Cebu City Governor Gwen Garcia calls on the church leaders to apply precautionary measures to fight against the spread of coronavirus. She discourages group gatherings and encourages social distancing as much as possible. Both personalities are not imposing tough policies to punish those who do not follow. But only people with common sense can realize the severity of the situation.

Not an Order but a Request

The church always gives its followers the option to decide on what road to take when a situation arises. Nevertheless, since the Pope already set an example to his faithful, church leaders must have the wisdom to follow through. If only they can track the updates worldwide, then there would be no excuse for them to have blind faith.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia: Not a Lockdown (But Lockin?)

Archdiocese of Cebu

By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores
Gov. Gwen Garcia: Not a Lockdown (But a Lockin?)

Not a Lockdown

Governor Gwen Garcia said that the travel restriction is not a lockdown. The people can still travel out of the province — they just cannot go back in. So, categorically, it’s a lockin. She added that the provincial government is still awaits for new guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infection Diseases before taking any action on international flights.

The Military is in Full Force

The Central Visayas police will monitor the boundaries of Cebu. Central Visayas police chief BGen. Albert Ferro assures that they have enough policemen to deploy at all seaports and at the airport.

No Confirmed Coronavirus Cases but Many are Under Observation

Of the 52 persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 in Central Visayas, 37 are in Mandaue City. This is the report of the regional health officials last March 12 yet. The Department of Health in Central Visayas said the 37 persons who were exhibiting flu-like symptoms, are a mix of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), foreign tourists, and those who had no history of travel abroad. The OFWs exhibited symptoms after coming back to the Philippines from countries with COVID-19 cases. Is it possible that there are no confirmed cases because there are no testing kits available yet?

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)