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New York Archdiocese Cancels Mass

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New York Archdiocese Cancels Mass

The archdiocese of New York canceled all public mass on Saturday, beginning immediately. The archdiocese did not provide an end date to the cancellation.

Churches in New York will remain open for “private prayer,” and a private mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan will be broadcast by the Catholic Faith Network, according to a statement from the archdiocese.

The archdiocese said the decision comes after Dutchess County, New York, prohibited gatherings of more than 20 people on Friday.

“It is also intended to provide clarity and consistency throughout the ten counties that comprise the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess),” the archdiocese said.

The archdiocese of Boston and Washington D.C. have similarly canceled mass.
Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, said in a statement that the decision was “motivated by an abundance of caution and concern for those most vulnerable and the need to do our part to help limit and mitigate the spread of the illness.”

Catholic weddings and funerals in Boston and Washington D.C. are allowed to proceed, but should be limited to immediate family, according the archdiocese for those cities.

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