On his part, Archbishop Nkea explained that the suspension of the celebration of Mass in public has the main purpose of saving lives in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.
“If Bishops can suspend the celebration of Masses, then you know that they are putting human life first before all else,” Archbishop Nkea told ACI Africa during the April 27 interview.
He said that the suspension of public Mass was not applicable in the same way to all dioceses in the country.
“Some Dioceses, where the pandemic is very serious have closed down the churches and suspended the celebration of the sacraments,” Archbishop Nkea said.
In his own Archdiocese of Bamenda, he has “taken enough measures not to completely starve the Christians of the Word of God and the Eucharist especially.”
He has “given allowance for the celebration of Sunday Masses with no more than 50 people in attendance” during which the faithful “take turns to attend the Sunday liturgy.”
“The rest of the people follow from their houses through the radio, television, and the social media,” he said.