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Baltimore Archbishop Lori cancels all public Masses ‘until further notice’ as coronavirus spreads

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori on Saturday canceled all public Roman Catholic Masses as cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Maryland.

The cancellation is in effect “until further notice," the archbishop said. In his announcement, Lori said he made the decision after receiving an update from state officials, as well as advice from medical professionals.

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“My highest priority is the safety and welfare of the people of God of this Archdiocese,” he said in a statement. “I take this step with great sadness, but also with wholehearted determination that we continue to provide for the spiritual well-being of the faithful at a time when their faith is most needed.”

Lori is scheduled to celebrate a private Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at 11 a.m. Sunday. It will be livestreamed at www.archbalt.org.

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