- Title: Coronavirus prompts Mexico church to take faith to the streets
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRIEST, WILLY DAVILA, SAYING: "They (faithful) can't come here to church, to Jesus, because of preventative measures. So now Jesus is going to them, and I think Jesus is very happy to do this." FAITHFUL PRAYING BEHIND SHUTTERED GATE OF HOME (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FAITHFUL, MINERVA MORALES, SAYING: "We can see that the priest is concerned about the people who are here. It is a great moral relief and solidifies our faith, because God has not abandoned us."
- Keywords: Mexico Monterrey church coronavirus pandemic priest streets
- Reuters ID: LVA002C6EXX6V
- Location: MONTERREY, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO
- City: MONTERREY, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Duration: 00:00:36
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Story Text: This church in the Mexican city of Monterrey took the message of God out to the streets on Monday (March 23), with faithful staying away from traditional mass amidst coronavirus fears.
Mexico has suspended large public and private gatherings for a month as it attempts to contain the spread of coronavirus. So, this priest decided to take to the streets, walking amongst homes to bless faithful and join worshippers in prayer. Those who follow him are careful to keep a 1.5-metre distance as recommended.
Mexico so far has just 367 cases and four deaths but is bracing for a fast rise in infections in the coming weeks.
(Production: Daniel Becerril, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Paul Vieira)
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