Church buildings on the Continent reopen

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In Italy, holy communion is being administered by priests wearing face-masks and gloves

Temperature checks are made in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Monday, when St Peter’s Basilica reopened

Temperature checks are made in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Monday, when St Peter’s Basilica reopened

AS CHURCHES around the country look ahead to resuming public services from 4 July, places of worship across the Continent are now open again, subject to safety measures.

In Italy, where shops and restaurants reopened on 10 May, public liturgies were allowed from Monday, after bitter exchanges between the country’s Roman Catholic bishops and Giuseppe Conte’s government; holy communion is now being administered by priests wearing face-masks and latex gloves.

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