Tijuana Churches Reopen, Bishop Says Priests Should Get COVID-19 Vaccines
TIJUANA (Report to the border) – Churches and religious centers in Baja California were allowed to reopen over the weekend, but at only 25% of capacity.
The cathedral in downtown Tijuana, Our Lady of Guadalupe, was the site of long lines of people waiting to enter to celebrate mass.
On the 9 a.m. duty, 40 people were allowed inside, but only after passing through an inspection area where antibacterial gel was dispensed and temperatures taken.
“We all understand that there must be rules in place and we cannot all be together inside,” said practitioner Leonor Medina. “We all want to attend mass, I wanted to but due to all the closures I couldn’t do it but now that we can I will do whatever needs to be done to get into the church . “
The traditional collection was not done. Instead, people were asked to leave donations in certain areas of the church, and the peace offering when Catholics shake hands was replaced with a slight prostration in front of other worshipers.
The diocese declared that it had completely cleaned and disinfected all its churches, pastoral centers and its seminary. It will also clean public spaces such as benches between departments.
In the meantime, the Archbishop of Tijuana Francisco Moreno Barrón is asking that priests who visited the sick in hospitals be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, “so that they can continue their work”.
“If this is something that needs to be discussed with the city health authorities to see if even some of our priests can get vaccinated, we need to do it, so they can continue to visit the sick and the dying.” , said Moreno Barrón. . “Our priests have been in close proximity to COVID patients, as have health workers.”
The state will have to decide to accede to the archbishop’s request.
“It would be a great solution and a show of support if they could be assured of the vaccination,” he said.
As of Monday afternoon, state health authorities had yet to recognize the archbishop’s desire to have his priests vaccinated.