waiting more than one month in confinement, the Government still
excludes freedom of worship even during this new phase when many
economic and social activities are being reopened.
The time has come to make us heard!
ask the Government to listen to the requests of the Christian people,
allowing the restoration of Sunday worship and Eucharistic celebrations,
respecting social distancing measures and all necessary precautions.
all looked forward to the press conference of President, a conference
where he would introduce the new measures for this new phase in the
coronavirus crisis where we are going for a gradual reopening of
economic and social activity. In fact, after more than 1 month of total
closure and confinement, social distancing, sacrifices and proven
patience, the announcement of a progressive return to normalcy was
expected from many.
Christian citizens, in particular, waited in silence, obediently,
hoping that the Government would grant the Church the possibility of
restoring Sunday worship and the sacraments, responsibly and
gradually... but this was not the case.
In the decrees and regulations already approved, there is not a single word in this regard. The time has come to make us heard!
That’s why we have launched this petition in support of the restoration of Sunday worship and the Eucharist. We
want to support our bishops and our pastors and the entire Christian
community in our right to profess and celebrate our faith. It is time to
trust the faithful to protect themselves and others and not ban their
worship or keep the churches shut!
Restaurants, Supermarkets and public transport are open... but not the churches!
don't know about you, but it seems to me that our President believes
that Christian citizens are either plague spreaders or simply reckless
... or a group to be especially harmed.
Some bishops and some pastors have also spoken asking for a gradual reopening of the churches for worship: Pastors,
Don Mutugi Majau, Joan Miriti, and Alex Gichunge have gone to the
extent of sueing the Interior, Health and ICT Cabinet Secretaries, the
Attorney-General and the Inspector-General of Police in a bid to restore
worship and the Eucharist are at the heart of the Christian faith. If
this is incomprehensible to many members of the political class, it
doesn't matter... as long as they hear loud and clear from the voters,
they will begin to understand.
any case, it remains a fundamental right of everyone - men and women -
to worship and to express their faith. Fundamental rights are at stake!
a way has been found to shop safely, work safely, exercise safely, our
government cannot rule out the possibility of finding a way to
participate in Sunday worship and the Eucarist safely.
at CitizenGO, together with all active citizens, want to make our
support felt to all the bishops and pastors who are working at this
moment to affirm the right of every Christian to return to receive the
Sacrament of the Eucharist.