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Local Catholic Bishops extend dispensation from Mass

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Obligations to attend Sunday Mass in Indiana have been relaxed due to ongoing health concerns.

Indiana's five Catholic bishops announced on Monday that the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance has been extended.

In a joint statement, the religious leaders from across the state praised those who have worked to keep places of worship safe, but noted that the dispensation that was set to expire mid-August will now run through Nov. 1.

See the full statement below:

"While commending our pastors and pastoral life coordinators who have gone to great lengths to assure safe worship spaces in our churches, due to the increase in the COVID-19 cases in our state, the Indiana bishops have decided to extend the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance beyond August 15 until November 1, 2020, unless further developments determine otherwise."

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