Coronavirus outbreak closes all Catholic churches in Rome

People look at Caravaggio's paintings at the St. Louis of the French church in Rome on March 4, 2020. (AP)

Catholic churches across Rome will close until April 3 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1,000 people across Italy, the papal vicar for Rome said Thursday.

“The faithful are consequently exempt from their obligation to fulfil the festive precept,” a statement from Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said.

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