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Priests and faithful without masks, no distancing … A mass without sanitary rules celebrated in Paris

A priest and a clergyman were placed in police custody on Thursday, to be questioned about a mass on Saturday in a church in central Paris during which sanitary rules had not been respected, said the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming a 20 Minutes information.

These two men were placed in police custody on charges of “deliberately endangering the life of others”, “non-wearing of a mask” and “gathering more than six people without respect for barrier gestures”, after this source.

This mass in traditional rite, which would have lasted four hours, took place on Saturday afternoon in the church of Saint-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile. On a video of the office, published on Youtube and then deleted, we saw priests, without masks and very close to each other, giving the host directly into the mouths of the faithful. Many of the believers were visibly old.

The Paris prosecutor’s office on Tuesday opened an investigation and entrusted the investigations to the Department of Proximity Security of the Paris agglomeration (DSPAP). The diocese of Paris said the same day “amazed at the obvious non-compliance with the essential instructions for distancing, wearing a mask”.

The Archbishop of Paris, for his part, announced on Wednesday the opening of a canonical procedure targeting the parish priest of the parish concerned. A procedure which could lead to sanctions.

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