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Coronavirus: Roman Catholic Archdiocese asks churches to

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kolkata has asked all churches under its order to suspend public gatherings during religious services till the coronavirus-triggered lockdown is lifted. In a circular issued recently, Archbishop Thomas D Souza asked priests of 65 city churches, to put on hold all public gatherings during religious services like Friday prayers, held every week in the run-up to Easter, till the government advisory against such congregation remains in force, a spokesman said. The circular said, Public celebration (with a congregation) of the Holy Mass or Way of the Cross or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish churches will remain suspended so as to avoid large gatherings. Last Friday, Roman Catholic Christians, estimated to be around two lakh in the city, prayed within the confines of their homes. Similarly, last Wednesday, an important occasion for Christians the world over, the usual congregation of faithfuls was done away in the 65 ...

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