Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Japanese dioceses have chosen to suspend Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic across the country.

Last week, the Archdiocese of Tokyo cancelled all public Masses for more than two weeks in order to prevent the spread of the virus — a policy in line with secular precautions being taken by the Japanese government.

Masses will be suspended until March 14th in the Tokyo area.

More than 1,000 people in Japan have contracted coronavirus, and as of March 4, 12 people in the country have died. Read more

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