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Archdiocese of Los Angeles closes churches to public amid coronavirus crisis

All Roman Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will be closed until further notice because of the coronavirus outbreak, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez announced Tuesday, March 24.
“Our community of faith is fully committed to doing all we can to limit the spread of this global public health threat,” Gomez said. Los Angeles News
“We are taking these extraordinary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the faithful and the public, as well as all who continue to serve in our parishes and ministries.”
Gomez encouraged all Catholics “to continue to pray and join in communion for the celebration of Holy Mass remotely via the internet, television or radio.”
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the nation’s largest, with approximately 5 million Catholics. It consists of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Los Angeles Political News



Los Angeles closes churches to the public amid coronavirus crisis  


Earlier, Catholic leaders in Los Angeles and Orange counties directed parishes to suspend public Mass until at least March 29, or until otherwise extended, as the novel coronavirus worsened.
Yet, thousands of parishioners still attended their regular Mass on Sunday, March 22 — from the comfort of their own homes, via broadcasts and livestreams facilitated by archdiocese officials and by the faith teams at churches around the region. Los Angeles Business News
“Being able to bring the celebration of the Eucharist and the Word of God directly to our community of faith is a great blessing,” said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez. “Our Catholic community is doing our part to limit the spread of this global public health threat by suspending Masses at all parishes for the first time in the history of our Archdiocese. Even though we cannot publicly gather in communion to celebrate our faith together during these difficult times, I encourage our faithful to continue to participate in the Holy Mass via television, radio and online so that we may continue to pray together for the Lord’s grace and mercy in our time of need.”
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles made accommodations for Spanish-speaking churchgoers, and for parishioners without internet or cable access, through a special partnership with Univision’s local UniMas KFTR-TV, Channel 46, Monday-Friday and Sunday at 7 a.m. Los Angeles Distribution Services

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