GOA: Churches in the world heritage complex of Old Goa are set to open their doors this week to coincide with the feast of the Nativity of Mary on Tuesday. However, the churches will only be accessible to devotees and parishioners, and continue to remain out of bounds to tourists and the public.
Se Cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Goa, will open on Tuesday after being closed for almost six months. It will thereafter continue to celebrate Mass with a pre-decided number of faithful everyday. Other historic churches in the area, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and church of St Cajetan, will open on Sunday only to parishioners, and attendance will be strictly monitored.
The churches have engaged 95 volunteers to ensure that people follow all SOPs durng the 12 masses that will be celebrated on Sunday in five churches. All of the attendees will be groups of small Christian communities (somudhai).
The News24 Goa