RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Roman Catholic Church, Brazil's major religious denomination, said it will stand by its decision not to celebrate mass to avoid crowds, which would favor the spread of coronavirus. The decision was released Friday, March 27th, in a letter by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB).
"The CNBB, having considered the guidelines issued by the competent authorities of the Ministry of Health, which suggest social distancing, advises bishops that churches may remain open; however, similarly to what has been done so far, only for individual prayers, online broadcasts, etc.", says an excerpt from the . . .