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Malaga maintains its religious procession ban despite other diocese allowing them

The transfer of the Virgen de la Victoria, at 6.30am last Saturday, in Malaga.
The transfer of the Virgen de la Victoria, at 6.30am last Saturday, in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The Archbishop of Seville and the bishops of Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Cordoba and Huelva agree to allow public worship under the health measures established Junta de Andalucía

The Bishopric of Malaga maintains its order of 16 January in which it suspended "all acts of external worship and all celebrations in which use of the public thoroughfare is made."

Official sources of the diocese have confirmed this to SUR after Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Huelva, Cadiz-Ceuta and Cordoba provinces in Andalucía, agreed this Tuesday (14 September) to allow religious processions again.

Last Saturday there was a procession in the Cadiz town of Arcos de la Frontera, and there have been several occasions in recent weeks in which images have appeared on the streets of Jerez, Jaén and Cordoba, among others.

The ecclesiastical province of Seville justifies their decision with "the favourable course of the health situation with a decrease in infections and the progress of vaccination." However, the dioceses call on the faithful to “continue to comply with the recommendations of the health authorities.”

However, the situation does not apply, for now, to the diocese of Malaga, which belongs to the ecclesiastical province of Granada. The Bishopric maintains the order that the bishop, Jesús Catalá, signed last January. "The decree still stands," a spokesman for the diocese told SUR.

The transfer of the Virgen de la Victoria from Malaga’s cathedral to her sanctuary at half past six in the morning last Saturday and the 13 scheduled for 6am this Sunday, are carried out with special dispensations granted by the Bishopric, and with strict conditions regarding the format of the processions.