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The Mass of the Lord's Supper is live-streamed from St. Anthony Parish in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2020, with no parishioners present. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the parish live-streams its services. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Latest: Easter observed at home, economies hit hard

Apr. 10, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Easter observed at home, world economies hit hard by...

The Mass of the Lord's Supper is live-streamed from St. Anthony Parish in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2020, with no parishioners present. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the parish live-streams its services. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Easter observed at home as virus divisions surface in Japan

Apr. 10, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

ALBANY, New York (AP) — People around the world began celebrating Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes, as rare divisions surfaced in Japan over how to tackle the growing coronavirus outbreak there. Politicians and public health officials have warned that the hard-won gains against the...

A priest closes the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, during a lockdown following government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, during Holy Thursday in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The traditional Holy Thursday procession is taking place inside the church with out public attendance this year due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation

Apr. 10, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians are commemorating Jesus' crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic. A small group of clerics are to hold a closed-door service in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Official: Saints emails on clergy crisis should stay secret

Apr. 9, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

Hundreds of emails detailing the New Orleans Saints’ efforts to conduct damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its clergy sexual abuse crisis should remain shielded from the public, a court official recommended Thursday. The recommendation by a court special master came almost three...

Bishop William Joensen proceeds down the main aisle at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass in a near empty St. Ambrose Cathedral, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing

Apr. 9, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks, a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. Meanwhile, religious leaders worldwide Thursday urged people to celebrate Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes. In...

The doors at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in the Old Town historic district of Albuquerque, New Mexico, remain closed Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is urging parishioners to stay home during Holy Week as state public health orders prompted by the coronavirus outbreak limit gatherings and social contact. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Holy Week: New Mexico faithful find God beyond church walls

Apr. 9, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While it pains him, the head of one of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States says this Holy Week will be different for tens of thousands of parishioners in New Mexico. It has to be. There will be no pilgrimages to holy sites and no parishioners packing the pews to...

The Latest: New dashboard to track medical readiness

Apr. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 5 p.m. The Wisconsin Hospital Association has unveiled an enhanced website to get out more data about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The dashboard has information on hospital admissions and bed...

Kansas governor sues in dispute over in-person services

Apr. 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor filed a lawsuit Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Laura Kelly said “the last thing” she...

Indiana governor urges churches to stay closed amid pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday urged Indiana churches, synagogues and other faith venues to remain closed and adhere to social distancing guidelines during services and observances for Passover and Easter to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “Get the word and get...