French Catholics Hold Open Air Mass to Protest Against Covid-19 Restrictions

Parishioners wearing protective face masks pray during an open air mass at Graslin square, in Nantes, France, on Nov. 15, 2020. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

NANTES, France—Catholics held an open air mass in the west­ern French city of Nantes on Sun­day to protest against COVID-19 restric­tions, under which mass­es are banned in churches.

Some Catholics also gath­ered by the Saint Louis Cathe­dral in Ver­sailles, near Paris, but police banned a demon­stra­tion planned by Catholics in the capital.

In Nantes, which is home to one of France’s best known cathe­drals, dozens of peo­ple, wear­ing face masks, knelt down with umbrel­las in pour­ing rain to pray in the cen­tral Graslin Square, and to sup­port calls for pub­lic mass­es to resume.

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