“Worship is Forbidden”: Massive Crowds of French Catholics Pray in Protest of Church Closings
Pray for France!
Catholics in France protested church closings due over the weekend outside in massive crowds. The country closed churches on Oct. 30 in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Videos surfaced over the weekend of Catholics praying in Place Graslin in Nantes for the reopening of churches. The protest gathered between 500 and 700 people.
This is the third consecutive week of protests.
Here’s one video below:
#BREAKING: Video out this morning from Place Graslin in Nantes, #France.#Catholics are praying for the reopening of their churches and restoration of the Mass.— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) November 22, 2020
Today is the Feast of #ChristTheKing, and in France worship is forbidden due to #coronavirus.
🎥: Caroline Shaw pic.twitter.com/FVYxROh4ZE
The full tweet reads, “BREAKING: Video out this morning from Place Graslin in Nantes, France. Catholics are praying for the reopening of their churches and restoration of the Mass. Today is the Feast of Christ the King, and in France worship is forbidden due to coronavirus.”
Here’s another video:
#Nantes. 3e dimanche de rassemblement de catholiques pour réclamer le retour de la #messe dans les églises. Sur la place Graslin, ils sont 500 à 700. Après des paroles revendicatives, ils reprennent des chants religieux et récitent des prières. pic.twitter.com/Y2xY9bDnrD— Christophe JAUNET (@JAUNET3) November 22, 2020
The translated tweet reads, “Nantes: [Third] Sunday of gathering of Catholics demanding the return of the Mass in churches. In Place Graslin, 500 to 700 [people gathered]. After words of protest, they resume religious songs and recite prayers.”
“It is very hard for us. It’s like we are being deprived of our food. We need our spiritual food,” Nantes protester Jerome Duchesne told the New York Post. “When we are deprived of our Mass. It is like being deprived of our food.”
While Nantes held an “open air Mass” last weekend, Paris protested as well.
Here’s video of a Nov. 13 Paris protest below:
The translated tweet reads, “PARIS – Street prayers in front of Saint-Sulpice: the faithful ask for the reopening of churches despite the confinement. #COVID19.”
The New York Post also reported that the police “stepped up on controls” in Paris last weekend “to ensure residents were complying with lockdown rules.”
However, Catholics continued praying for the reopening of churches in front of Paris’ Church of St. Augustine.