Catholicos-Patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East: Painful to temporarily forgo the Eucharist but “incumbent upon us as Christians” to follow secular governments in matters of public health

ERBIL, Iraq – His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, released a message from the Patriarchate in Erbil, Iraq, regarding the corona epidemic, which has spread to most countries of the world, calling on all believers to adhere to government decisions aimed at reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

As the outbreak of new coronavirus continues and churches take a number of precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the pandemic, His Holiness released the following statement: