In a circular letter dated April 18, 2020, Archbishop Samuel Kleda reminds priests and all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Douala of the measures he took on March 21, to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"These decisions concern the suspension of the participation in public liturgical celebrations, the call for followers to pray at home and to respect the rules of hygiene anywhere they are," the archbishop wrote. The said measures were imposed by those issued by the government on March 17, including the prohibition of any gathering of over 50 people.
"The confinement is continuing. This is why I am compelled to ask you, according to canon 384, to see to it that priests are provided their daily subsistence in these difficult times," Bishop Kleda added.
He invites followers to continue to book masses and present the usual gifts and offerings in their respective parishes.
As for priests, Bishop Kleda urges them "to accept the living conditions imposed on us by this pandemic.”
“What is essential is that the food ration is assured in all the presbyteries,” he says.