Bishop says spiritual, mental health needs must also be addressed

Published April 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Christina Hermoso

With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in areas where the transmission of the corona disease virus (COVID-19) remains high, Novaliches Bishop Roberto Gaa emphasized the need to address the spiritual and mental needs of the public.

Father Roberto Gaa (CBCP)
Father Roberto Gaa (CBCP/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE)

“Aside from food and basic health necessities, there is a need to also focus on the spiritual and mental health of the public to help calm their fears as a result of the prolonged quarantine which has affected their livelihood,” Gaa said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

“The Church tries its best to make its presence felt despite the absence of public masses and the administration of sacraments such as the Holy Eucharist and confession. We continue to hold private masses that are streamed online and assist those who are most affected by the lockdown in our communities,” he said.

Malacañang has extended the ECQ that began last March 15 until May 15 in areas where the transmission of COVID-19 remains high such as in the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. Areas that are not included under the ECQ are automatically on general community quarantine.

Bishop Gaa expressed hope for the availability of more holy masses on free television for those who do not have access to the internet.

 
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