Full Text Press Release of the Catholic Bishops of Italy:
The Church that lives in Italy and, through the Dioceses and parishes, draws close to every man, shares the common concern, facing the health emergency that is affecting the country.
With respect to this situation, the CEI - within a confrontation and collaboration relationship - in recent weeks has made its own, relaunching them, the measures through which the Government is committed to contrasting the spread of the "coronavirus".
The Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, which entered into force today, suspends "civil and religious ceremonies, including funeral ceremonies" throughout the country until Friday 3 April.
The interpretation provided by the government strictly includes Holy Masses and funeral rites among "religious ceremonies". It is a highly restrictive passage, the reception of which encounters sufferings and difficulties for Pastors, priests and faithful. The acceptance of the Decree is mediated solely by the desire to do its part, also in this situation, to contribute to the protection of public health.
Rome, March 8, 2020
March 08 2020
Official Website of the Catholic Bishops of Italy - FULL TEXT Source: https://www.chiesacattolica.it/decreto-coronavirus-la-posizione-della-cei/