Traditional processions take to the streets of Spain once again

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The moderately positive evolution of the health situation in the current pandemic has allowed a gradual and prudent return to the exercise of public worship outside temples.

Newsroom (September 4, 2021 2:01 PM, Gaudium Press) Spain – Jaén – The Bishop of the Spanish Diocese of Jaén, Bishop Amadeo Rodriguez, has issued a decree in which he gradually and prudently approves the return of “the exercise of public worship outside temples.”

The document, valid since September 2, determines that “acts of public worship may be held again” with the proper civil and ecclesiastical authorization for each event.

According to Bishop Amadeo Rodriguez, “the moderately positive evolution of the health situation in the current pandemic would allow a gradual and prudent return to the exercise of public worship outside the temples.”

Criteria established by the decree

The criteria established by the decree include the avoidance of narrow streets shorter procession routes, the use of smaller-sized banners to keep the distance between the image-bearers, and the prohibition of the musical bands that traditionally accompany processions.

An important point, highlighted in the decree, is that participants and organizers should always have “the prudence that the current situation requires” by strictly complying with the health regulations enforced when an external public act is performed.

Public demonstrations provided for in the statutes of the respective brotherhoods and sisterhoods are authorized in the Diocese of Jaén, except those of an extraordinary nature that are not duly justified. (EPC)

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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