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Bishop gives Catholics okay to pass on Mass on snowy Sunday

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 1:11 AM
John Beach uses a snowblower to clear a church parking lot in Kentucky, following a three inch snow fall.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)

A northern Virginia bishop has given Catholics in his diocese the okay to stay home from Mass today, when the region is expected to be buried in snow.

The Most Reverend Paul Loverde, the bishop of Arlington, said in a statement released last Thursday, that Catholics in the diocese aren't obligated to attend Mass today as usual because of serious concerns about travel conditions.

The archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, have also reminded people that dangerous travel conditions are a legitimate excuse from fulfilling their Sunday Mass obligation.

Officials are encouraging Catholics who can't safely attend Mass to watch a televised Mass or listen to a radio broadcast of Mass.