Tanzania President John Magufuli, a practicing Catholic, said on Sunday, March 22, in Dodoma, the Capital of Tanzania, in St. Paul's Cathedral:
“I insist upon you my fellow Christians and even Moslems, do not be afraid, do not stop gathering to glorify God and praise Him.
That is why, as a government, we didn't close down churches or mosques. Instead, they should be always open for the people to seek refuge to God.
Churches are places where people may seek the true healing, because there, the True God resides. Do not to be afraid of praising and seeking God's face in the Church.”
Referring to the Eucharist, Magufuli said: "The coronavirus cannot survive in Christ's Eucharistic body. It will soon be burnt away.
That is exactly why I did not panic while taking Holy Communion, because I know, with Jesus in the Eucharist I am safe. This is the time of building our faith in God.”