5 priests in Iloilo infected with COVID-19

Published May 31, 2021, 1:28 PM

by Tara Yap

THE Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City. (Tara Yap)
ILOILO CITY – Five priests in Iloilo are currently infected with COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Jaro, which oversees the Catholic Church here and the province, said Monday.

Fr. Angelo Colada, the archdiocese’s social communications director, said that only three of the five priests are currently active in church duties.

Two of them are assigned in Sara, a town in northern Iloilo. The other priest is assigned in Bingawan.

“They have mild symptoms. They are currently in isolation facilities,” Colada said.

The two other priests who currently have COVID-19 are retired.

Since the pandemic began last year, Colada said many priests have been infected with COVID-19 and were able to fully recover. However, one priest succumbed to the disease.

Colada assured the archdiocese is following protocols set by the government once there are positive COVID-19 cases in the parishes of Iloilo City or the 42 towns and component city of Passi in Iloilo.

As local governments have once again tightened restrictions and not allowing any mass gatherings, the archdiocese is urging the Catholic faithful not to flock to churches.

Colada pointed out that many parishes in Iloilo have Facebook pages and are streaming online Mass. “They can stay home and still fulfill their spiritual nourishment,” added Colada.