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“I don’t believe whether you go to church during this period of time is a test of faith,” Kentucky governor and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) deacon Andy Beshear said last week as he called for churches to cancel in-person services because of the coronavirus. “I believe God gives us wisdom to protect each other and we should do that.”
Governor Beshear is not alone. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has suspended public gatherings at its more than 30,000 congregations across the globe “until further notice.” Saudi Arabia has halted travel to the Islamic holy sites in Mecca and Medina. And the Vatican began live-streaming mass online and Pope Francis is holding prayers and public audiences via videolink.
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