(NEW YORK TIMES) In a dramatic move to slow the spread of the coronavirus in one of the most affected regions of the country, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle suspended all public celebration of Mass, effective immediately, becoming the first Catholic archdiocese in the country to do so.
“This is out of an extreme measure of caution,” the archbishop of Seattle, Paul D. Etienne, said in a video message on Wednesday. “Despite our best efforts, this epidemic is going to continue to spread.”
Priests, he said, should continue to privately celebrate the Eucharist each day.
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