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Ebola: Catholic Diocese of Makurdi Bars Corpses in Churches



Catholic Diocese of Makurdi BellaNaija

Makurdi (NAN) –  The Catholic diocese of Makurdi, Benue, has barred the faithful from taking corpses of late relations to churches for funeral Mass as a measure to check the spread of Ebola virus.

The diocese directed that corpses of deceased members should be given immediate burial.

It, however, said that it would allow corpses to be brought to the churches in the area only when death certificates issued by relevant medical authorities were produced.

This is contained in a statement by the Director of Communications in the diocese, Rev. Fr. Moses Iorapuu, in Makurdi on Saturday.

The statement, which was issued on behalf of Bishop of the diocese, Rev. Athanissius Usu, also announced changes in two aspects of activities during mass, including the mode of administering the Holy Communion.

According to the statement, parishioners will henceforth be served the eucharistic feast on their hands as against the practice of putting it on their tongue by the priest.

Also, it said, the exchange of the sign of peace, involving handshakes has been replaced with other suitable gestures to avoid the possibilities of contacting the Ebola virus.

The diocese advised priests, who conduct pastoral visitation to hospitals to be cautious and seek doctor’s permission before touching sick people with undisclosed illnesses.

It also announced the prohibition of group prayer sessions that involved touching and praying over unknown sicknesses.

According to the statement, the measures, which are in accordance with Federal Government’s directive on ways to prevent the spread of Ebola virus, are aimed at safeguarding the health of members.

“We hope that with these preventive pastoral and standard procedures and with prayers and steadfastness in responsible behaviours, the Lord will keep this virus away from us.

“We also encourage personal hygiene, washing of hands regularly, clean environment and eating habits.

“We urge you not to ignore government’s advice and other official statements on how to prevent the outbreak of Ebola virus,” it stated.

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  1. Ona

    August 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Am i the only one seeing the irony in a “mere” disease leaving so many christian leaders utterly powerless? What about……errr never mind, its a nigerian forum afterall.

    • Mahmoud

      August 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Really…..”mere disease” you say…that has killed thousands already….if you don’t help yourself….God won’t help you…It’s a good one.

    • Ona

      August 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      U are just agreeing with my! So u’re saying ebola IS bigger than “god”. How will/would’ve ebola victims help themselves for god to heal them? The ignorance some of u spew sha!


      August 17, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Yea, my exact thoughts…i keep wondering if Jesus would have done the same. It’s kinda confusing

    • Obi

      August 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      But in the laws of the old testament given by God himself to the Jews … there were specific and precise instructions on isolation measures for communicable diseases. Strict quarantine measures for skin infections (leprosy) and other diseases with or without known cure. Even the men who would be in charge of burying people had to be isolated and “cleansed” for a number of days before they were allow back into the camp with everyone else. If that is not effective public health, then I don’t know what else is.

    • NaijaPikin

      August 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      How is Ebola bigger than God?

      Are they recommending pple stop worship?no
      Are they recommending to stop the act of kidness, ministerial work?no
      The recommendation us pretty much to do things in a safer way given the current situation.

      In case you arent aware, Catholic and Anglican churches are not new generation churches that promise instant prosperity and magical wonders by God.

      While I am not Jesus and cannot speak for him, I do remember reading about Jesus urging pple to respect the laws of the land. Thus is a federal govt directive so that counts. Also I doubt Jesus would want to spread diseases and cause multiple pple to die.

  2. O g o

    August 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Egwu dikwa!,God pass Ebola.

  3. @edDREAMZ

    August 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    “The dead should bury themself” i never knew what this statement meant untill nw….. This is one serious matter i swear…

  4. The catholic church is taking this surprisingly well, TB Joshua over to u.

  5. bruno

    August 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Catholic church,my lips are sealed

  6. temibalo

    August 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    welll Heaven help those who help demselves…. God is bigger than ebola but better still prevention is better cause theres no cure…

  7. abuja retired slut

    August 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Bruno wetin b or own sef ….. catholic church

  8. mary mee

    August 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Don’t help urselves o and leave everything for God. Didn’t God give u a brain to knw the rite thing to do? Go and leave with d ebola patient nw without protective clothing and say God wil protect u mayb u no go catch am one tym
    Bin Godly doesnt mean u shud b dumb. The cath church is taking necessary measures. Be wise.

  9. Obi

    August 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Let’s not take this thing farther than it should go. First of all, I’ve never like the idea of a priest putting holy communion on my tongue and drinking from the same cup as hundreds before me. That said, had the Nigerian Catholic Church insisted on tradition over reason, then Nigeria we have a problem. They need to take all necessary measure to curb potential transmission of “everything” after all, they are responsible for the well being both physical and spiritual of millions of their followers.

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