• on January 30, 2020

PASTORAL RECOMMENDATIONS – NOVEL CORONAVIRUS AND INFLUENZA A

PASTORAL RECOMMENDATIONS – NOVEL CORONAVIRUS AND INFLUENZA A

Concerns have been raised about a recent outbreak of Influenza A in Malaysia and the more recent novel coronavirus epidemic, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.

In the light of the current crisis, the three arch/bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Peninsular Malaysia, Archbishop Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur, Bishop Sebastian Francis of
Penang and Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor, would like to make the following pastoral recommendations to avoid the spread of infection:

A) Persons displaying flu-like symptoms, e.g. fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, cold, etc are advised to stay home and avoid public places including churches. For those not able to attend mass for these reasons, they are encouraged to make an act of spiritual communion (offer a prayer at home accompanied with a desire to be in union with the Eucharistic Lord).

B) Prayers should be offered privately and in parishes for all the victims affected by the above epidemic and for the medical staff tasked with their care and treatment. The following intention may be included in the General Intercessions,
“For the victims of the coronavirus, people affected by the quarantine and shutdown of public facilities, the medical staff tasked with the treatment and care of those who have contracted the virus, that God may protect them from further harm and grant those who are sick, swift recovery. We pray to the Lord …”

The local church will continue to closely monitor the development of the above situation in Malaysia and will issue further updates and guidelines, if and when it is deemed necessary.

The arch/bishops would like to call upon all the faithful to remain calm, to trust official announcements, and follow the general precautions issued by the Ministry of Health.

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西马三教区主教,针对A型流感及新冠状型病毒,所发出的文告

人们对最近在马来西亚最近爆发起源于中国武汉的甲型流感,新型冠状病毒,提出了更多关注。

鉴于当前的危机,马来西亚半岛(西马)三教区主教团;吉隆坡总教区廖主教(Archbishop Julian Leow)、槟城教区Sebastian Francis主教与甲柔教区Bernard Paul主教,做出了以下的一些牧民建议,以避免感染继续扩散:

A)请身体不适的教友们,例如发烧,流鼻涕,喉咙痛,咳嗽,感冒等,暂时留在家里静心休养,避免到公共场所等人多的地方,包括教堂。对于那些基于这些原因参加弥撒的教友们,鼓励他们在家中静心祈祷(在家里祈祷并渴望与圣体圣事融为一体主)。

B)请大家为病患者们及照料他们的医务人员们祈祷,代祷意向如下:
“对于冠状病毒的受害者,受检疫的人们,受影响被关闭的设施,负责医治与照顾被感染的病患者的医务人员们,求主保护他们免受进一步的伤害,并使他们早日康复。我们同声祈祷……”

教会将继续密切关注疫情在马来西亚的发展,若有进一步指示将即时通知大家。

三教区主教团呼吁所有教友保持冷静,信任官方公告,并遵守卫生部发布的一般预防措施。

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