Churches to defy Covid restrictions in Ireland

    06-Aug-2021   
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Five Roman Catholic bishops from Ireland's 22 dioceses have decided to defy COVID-19 restrictions after instructing local parishes to hold communion and confirmation services this month. The decision has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Government, which have pleaded with them to wait until they consider further easing curbs later this month, Reuters reported.
 
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"I don't see any reason why the celebration of confirmation or holy communion should cause any concern on public health grounds because we have mass in all our churches, carefully regulated for 50 people," Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran, the first to make the move on Friday, told national broadcaster RTE.
 
Prime Minister Micheál Martin has said he does not approve of any unilateral breaching of regulations, while Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said that any such breach could put people's lives at risk.
 
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