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Protocol with Italian Government permits C of E public services to resume
At Palazzo Chigi, Abp Ian Ernest with Prime Minister Conte to his right
Slowly, slowly, in some parts of the Diocese, steps are being taken to return to public worship in our church buildings.
For instance, today 18 May, a special Protocol which was signed last Friday by the Italian Prime Minister, Professor Avv. Guiseppe Conte and Archbishop Ian Ernest, the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome (acting on behalf of the Association of the Church of England in Italy) came into effect. The Protocol is detailed and provides instructions to be followed in liturgical celebrations and includes measures to be observed around social distancing, compulsory use of facemasks and other forms of protection, and the disinfection of church premises.
The signing ceremony at the Palazzo Chigi was also attended by Dr Wendy Wyver, First Political Counsellor of the United Kingdom Embassy in Italy (and a member of All Saints in Rome).
Incidentally, this Protocol is a fruit of the fact that the Church of England is now a recognised religious body in Italy.
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