Starting April 10, a new measure will be implemented in Malta where funeral processions will no longer be accompanied by clergy from the morgue to the funeral service. Instead, clergy will receive funeral processions at the doors of the church, where a blessing will take place before Mass.
The decision was made by the bishops after consulting with parish priests due to the declining number of clergy in parishes, lengthy travel times, and the need for priests to be present in church before the funeral service to console relatives and friends as well as hear confessions.
The Archdiocese of Malta stated that priests will continue to be available when loved ones pass away, whether it be in a residence or at the hospital, and will still participate in the procession from the church to the cemetery where the burial will take place.
This new measure will take effect immediately after Easter, on April 10. Despite this change, the Church assures that they will continue to provide comfort and support to those who are grieving.