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Archdiocese of Chicago announces decree dispensing Catholics from Easter obligations due to COVID-19

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, removed the obligation of Catholics to receive communion during the Easter season.

Amid a potential coronavirus outbreak, Cardinal Blase Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago have issued new guidelines about physical contact during mass.
Archdiocese of Chicago announce decree dispensing Catholics from Easter obligations in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Sunday a decree dispensing Catholics from Easter obligations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decree issued by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich removed the obligation of Catholics to receive communion during the Easter season and asked they offer “an Act of Spiritual Communion” and to attend a confession at the next available time.

In making the decision, Cardinal Cupich took into account the state’s stay-at-home directive, advice from medical professionals and understanding that social gatherings may help spread the virus, the archdiocese said.