Holy Week, Easter Masses canceled in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has canceled all Holy Week and Easter Masses because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki has sent a letter to pastors and parish directors citing the risk that parishioners could infect the vulnerable members of the congregation.

Listecki is encouraging Catholics to continue to watch streamed Masses on the internet.

WTMJ-AM reports the archbishop says confirmations and first communions are postponed until further notice.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the United States will be reopened by Easter and that he already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to an economic slowdown.