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Archbishop Lori leads blessings of Baltimore’s downtown hospitals

Downtown Baltimore’s three major hospitals received Catholic blessings the morning of April 8.
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As churches stay closed, Archbishop Lori wants people to ‘celebrate many more Easters’

Archbishop William E. Lori said he wants nothing more than to open wide the doors to churches in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, but that the church has to recognize “the massive public health threat we are facing.”
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1918 flu pandemic took heavy toll

The death toll included at least two priests from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and two Religious Sisters of ­Mercy.
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Archdiocese provides financial relief to parishes and schools in wake of pandemic

The Archdiocese of Baltimore rolled out a financial relief package for parishes, schools and other organizations worth about $7 million to assist with costs during reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Stations of the Cross: Jesus’ passion takes on particular resonance in time of crisis

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is home to many beautiful Stations of the Cross that tell the story of Christ's Passion in compelling ways.
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Spiritual communion helps connect Catholics to Christ

“It’s a sincere prayer saying that you believe that Jesus is present in the holy sacrament,” Father Poston explained, “and you desire to receive him and love him. But since you can’t, you invite Jesus to come into your heart and soul and be with you.”
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Why must churches close and other coronavirus questions answered

The Archdiocese of Baltimore provides this list to answer some of the common questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hospital CEO conducts virtual meeting with Baltimore priests on coronavirus

Speaking to more than 50 priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore during a March 31 online presentation, Smyth pointed out that most COVID-19 patients exhibit no symptoms in the first two to five days after they are infected. That’s when the risk of spreading the virus is greatest, he said.
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Pastors plan different ways to celebrate Holy Week in time of coronavirus

Pastors around the Archdiocese of Baltimore are adapting to celebrating Mass without the presence of the faithful, but several admit that Holy Week this year will be very different as they adjust to continued restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Archdiocese Advises all Parishes to Close Churches Until Further Notice

Following today’s Executive Order by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Archbishop William E. Lori instructed that all parish churches be closed until further notice.
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Catholic senior living centers learn to adapt amid unprecedented precautions

Baltimore Catholic organizations who run senior housing such as Catholic Charities and Mercy Health Services have taken aggressive steps to keep their residents safe.
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