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Local church officials also strong recommend that Catholics do not kiss or touch the cross during Good Friday services

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Local church officials also strong recommend that Catholics do not kiss or touch the cross during Good Friday services

Published 7:54 AM, February 27, 2020 Updated 7:54 AM, February 27, 2020 SPRINKLES. Catholic faithful wearing masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, queue up as a nun sprinkles ash on their heads during Ash Wednesday at a church compound in Manila on February 26, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos marked Ash Wednesday, February 26, with a bow and a sprinkling of dust instead of a cross being daubed on their foreheads, as Asia's bastion of Catholicism guarded against the spread of coronavirus . Leaders of the Philippine church urged priests to adapt the rite in order to reduce the risk of fanning a contagion that has killed over 2,700, mostly in China. (READ: Coronavirus fears disrupt Ash Wednesday for Asian Catholics ) Since the outbreak, which has resulted in 3 confirmed cases and one death in the Philippines, churches have also discouraged worshippers from holding hands during mass. "It makes me feel safe," said Wendy Tamidles, a 19-year-old student. She was among thousands of people, some wearing surgical masks, who lined up at Baclaran church in Manila for services on Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the run-up to Easter, and includes Catholics having crosses drawn in ash on their foreheads. The Philippines is overwhelmingly Catholic, with some 80% of its people said to be believers. Its unique brand of the religion also includes gruesome annual re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Local church officials have also"strongly recommended" that Catholics do not kiss or touch the cross during Good Friday services, which is usually common practice. "We are being cautious so that the coronavirus won't spread," said Victorino Cueto, rector of Baclaran church. For at least one participant, 62-year-old, Roberto Moreno, the no-touch policy had no impact on the meaning of the day. "The message is the same: we came from ash and to ash we shall return." – Rappler.com Read more: Rappler

Ash Wednesday in the time of coronavirus: Ash to be sprinkled on top of headMANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has recommended the sprinkling of ash on top of the head, instead of the usual imposition on foreheads on Ash

What is Ash Wednesday?This Wednesday, February 26, hundreds of Roman Catholics are expected to flock to churches in observance of Ash Wednesday .

Coronavirus fears disrupt Ash Wednesday for Asian CatholicsThe situation in Asia shows how even religious practices, unchanged for centuries, have to take a backseat temporarily to help stop an epidemic. coronavirus nCoV Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Stay updated. Bookmark this page for the latest nCoV news, advisories, and explainers. What was missed is that the faith that Christ was the great healer. Hypocrites

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Ash Wednesday in the time of coronavirus: Ash to be sprinkled on top of headMANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has recommended the sprinkling of ash on top of the head, instead of the usual imposition on foreheads on Ash

Boac diocese keeps tradition of marking parishioners’ foreheads with ashesThe Diocese of Boac in Marinduque kept the old tradition of marking the parishioners’ foreheads with blessed ashes, Ash Wednesday , the first day of the 40-day Lenten season.



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