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Vancouver Catholics call on Archdiocese to push for province to reinstate mass

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 10, 2021 at 3:34 pm PDT

(Courtesy Van Nguyen)

Demonstrators in Vancouver are calling on their Archdiocese to convince the province to reinstate mass

Protests come as the province extends restrictions on all in-person gatherings

Demonstrators say the will continue gathering every week until Mass is restored

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A couple hundred Catholic demonstrators gathered outside Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver Sunday afternoon demanding more action from the Archdiocese to get in-person services restored.

Van Nguyen, one of those who took part in the action, argues the current religious restrictions aren’t fair, considering restaurants and shopping malls are allowed to be open.

“Everything else is open, and that doesn’t make sense to me. That’s not fair,” he says.

(Courtesy Van Nguyen)

Last week, the province renewed its social gathering restrictions, which include a ban on in-person religious services, until at least Feb. 5.

Demonstrators holding signs that read “Freedom for Public Worship” outside the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver.

“Enough is enough. When will we stand for the rights of the church, when we stand for the rights of the faithful, when we stand for the rights of Holy Mass,” one speaker at the rally told supporters.

Demonstrators say, they will continue gathering every week until Mass is restored.

Since provincial restrictions were put in place, a number of churches in the province have been handed fines for violating B.C.’s COVID-19 rules — none of them Catholic.