A church full of people, without masks. The image is surprising as the Covid-19 epidemic is circulating strongly in France, which has just started a third confinement. Saturday April 3, an Easter mass celebrated in the church of Saint-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile (9e arrondissement of Paris), was held without any respect for sanitary rules.
A video sent to the “Parisian” by a witness who came to attend a baptism, reveals many faithful crowded into the building. Many are maskless even though they are very close. “The church is packed”, specifies the anonymous daily witness who evokes the presence of 300 to 400 people.
Several images question: ” The kids who are all baptized in the same fleet, the people who all share Communion by hand, the priest who passes his hand from mouth to mouth… I was really stunned, says the witness. I saw from a health point of view … At a time when the situation is serious and when we are all tightening our belts, we are all making efforts … “
The diocese of Paris dissociates itself
Faced with the images and the controversy, the diocese of Paris reacted this Easter weekend. Asked about Franceinfo on Monday, he said to himself “Amazed at the obvious non-compliance with the essential distancing instructions” and “Wearing a mask”. The Catholic institution normally obliges to respect social distancing in churches and to wear the mask for children over 11 years old.
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” We dissociate ourselves from these behaviors that do not respect a health situation that we all know to be difficult ”, adds the diocese, warning that the subject will be the subject of a serious point internally. ” I haven’t seen these pictures, but it’s unacceptable », Stormed Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of citizenship.