Christians in Mozambique resumed in-person worship on Sunday after Covid-19 measures were relaxed by the president.
Worshippers said it was a relief to be able to attend church especially as the country faces attacks in the northern region.
“At home, we pray through our phones, watch TV or read our pastors’ preaching, in fellowship with our family, but it’s not the same thing as being in church. Being in the house of the Lord and together with the brothers to praise God is different,” said Carolina Manhiça.
Parish priest Georgio Ferretti said many believers died during the third Covid-19 wave and it was difficult for grieving families because of the restrictions.
“We are very happy to be able to resume the service … now we are back and [observing] all the preventive measures,” he said.
The resumption of services is in strict compliance to Covid-19 prevention measures, with reduced number of attendees and frequent cleaning.
Some churches plan to hold open-air services.
The churches were closed in July during the peak of the third coronavirus wave.