In the red regions, religious rites with the presence of people are again prohibited, and in the orange regions, up to ten believers can attend, but only in their parishes. Thus, today the Sunday Masses will again be held in a truncated form. The Archbishop of Ljubljana, Stanislav Zore, has therefore already invited the faithful to intensified prayer in the family and to receive personal communion.
For the time being, confessions can take place if the space allows precautionary measures to be taken. According to Zoret, this proved to be possible in almost all parishes. Confession is not possible online.
If during the first wave of the epidemic the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference (SŠK) supported the transmission of masses online, in the second wave it is not so much in favor. He refers to the words of Pope Francis, who in April pointed out that “faith through the media is not the Church” and that the people who follow the Mass online are without the sacraments and without communion. Even Zore is convinced that masses over the web and other videoconferencing tools cannot replace live masses.
Nevertheless, on Saturday, SŠK allowed priests in the amended instructions to broadcast the Mass online at their own discretion and according to the circumstances, if the priest visits it in a church or public chapel, if it is a live broadcast and if he invites believers at the end, that they may come to church at a certain hour and receive communion subject to measures.