CBCP Says Visiting Departed Loved Ones Is Not an Obligation as Metro Manila Cemeteries Ordered to Shut Down During UNDAS 2020
UNDAS 2020 – The Metro Manila cemeteries have been ordered to shut down from October 31 to November 3, 2020.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the Filipino people to observe the All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day with more understanding and measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
CBCP executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano also informed the public that visiting their departed loved ones during the UNDAS season is not an obligation. The group also suggested an alternative to the public and recommended not to go to cemeteries.
“When we celebrate the All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day, what is more important are prayers for the dead; it’s not really important that we go to cemeteries. Going to cemeteries is not an obligation,” Secillano said.
Secillano also told that public that they could watch Masses during Undas season online and could light candles for their departed loved ones at home to avoid the possible exposure to the disease.
Previously, the local government units of Manila, San Juan, Valenzuela, Pateros, Makati, Malabon, Marikina, Parañaque, and Cebu have announced the closure of all cemeteries and memorial parks during Undas.
The priest also explained that the church just complies with the health guidelines given by the government amid the health crisis.
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