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Polish Catholics mark All Souls’ Day amid pandemic

02.11.2020 13:10
Polish Catholics mark All Souls’ Day on Monday, a religious feast that usually sees millions visiting the graves of their loved ones.
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Photo:PAP/Mateusz Marek

But this year the Polish government ordered cemeteries to be closed from Saturday to Monday, amid a record surge in coronavirus infections.

On Monday, Poland reported 15,578 new coronavirus infections and 92 more deaths.

As of 2 November, 5,875 people in total have died of COVID-19 in Poland.

As the numbers continue to grow, Polish bishops have been encouraging people to pray for the dead in their own homes, rather than heading to cemeteries, state news agency PAP reported.

According to PAP, All Souls' Day was initiated in 998 by St. Odilon, who was an abbot of a French Benedictine monastery. In the 13th century, the feast spread widely across the Western Church.

In Poland, All Souls’ Day was known throughout the country by the end of the 15th century.

(jh/pk)

Source: PAP