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Easter and Passover canceled: Coronavirus pandemic upends ancient traditions

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WASHINGTON
EXAMINER

Coronavirus
shutdowns are forcing historically unprecedented changes to
celebrations of Easter and Passover, with many religious institutions
canceling or moving their services online. Easter, the most
important feast in Christianity, falls on April 12 this year. In the
Catholic Church, where the day is preceded by Holy Week, which
includes a series of special Masses and other services, several
dioceses are already canceling the public celebration of those
events. Catholic bishops in Ohio on Monday decided to cancel all
public Easter Masses in the state, a decision made in keeping with
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s ban on all public gatherings of 100
or more people. The Diocese of Brooklyn on Wednesday made the same
decision after a Eucharistic minister in a Queens church, along with
six other parishioners, tested positive for the coronavirus. The
Eucharistic minister had last distributed communion at an Ash
Wednesday Mass, which draws some of the biggest yearly crowds for
Catholic churches.

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