Last night, after almost a month of confinement, the French listened to President Emmanuel Macron's speech to learn about the new measures.
Un speech eagerly awaited by all French people and particularly by Christians who have been waiting for four weeks to know when and how they will be able to come together again.
Emmanuel Macron finally announced that face-to-face worship can resume this Sunday, November 29. However, he added that places of worship will be subject to a limit of 30 people.
A measure considered "insulting" and which arouses the discontent of many believers. As shown in this Tweet from the bishop of Toulon, Mgr Dominique Rey, who protests against a provision that he considers "unacceptable".
30 people. Where is the freedom of worship? This provision is insulting and unacceptable. Catholics are not an adjustment variable and we will make it known.
- Bishop Dominique Rey (@MgrDominiqueRey) November24st
For its part, the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) announced in a Press release that its president, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, spoke by phone with Emmanuel Macron immediately after the announcement to plead the cause of believers. A discussion that led the President of the Republic to rethink this measure. Thus, "a realistic gauge, while remaining strict, will be defined by Thursday morning for an implementation in two stages: Saturday November 28 then after the reassessment of December 15".
The National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) also considers this limit for worship “unrealistic” and is awaiting the announcement of a new maximum limit.
Alleviation of confinement: the limit of 30 people for cults is unrealistic: @EmmanuelMacron specifies that a new maximum ceiling of the public will be studied by Thursday morning.
- Romain CHOISNET (@comcnef) November25st
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