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Guidelines for the conduct of church gatherings in the Philippines under the "new normal" conditions of community quarantine that continues to be enforced in the entire archipelago have been released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Philippine churches in selected areas have been allowed to conduct mass gatherings under strict community quarantine guidelines.
The Holy Week tradition of the Visita Iglesia or Seven Churches Visitation can still be observed this year despite the social distancing measures, with the churches going on Live Streaming and Google providing the Street View of the churches.
Holy Week prayer requests or mass intentions can now be sent online as the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has created an online platform through using Google forms.
As Palm Sunday signals the start of the observance of Holy Week around the world, the Catholic Church issued recommendations on how to keep the spirit of the annual Lenten Season despite global health measures for social distancing and community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.
The Philippines has begun the Lenten Season with Catholics still going to churches for Ash Wednesday and church leaders adjusting traditional practices amidst the COVID-19 concerns.