The Bishops' Conference of Scotland has called on Catholic to 'pray unceasingly' amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released today, the bishops, including Archbishop Leo Cushley, confirmed the closure of churches for 'the common good'.
They said: "The outbreak of Covid 19 virus in Scotland demands from all of us a response which recognises the serious threat to all people, especially the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, and our duty of care to them.
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"Having given due consideration to the words of the First Minister yesterday evening, we, the Bishops of Scotland, agree that our churches should be closed during this period of national emergency for the common good.
"There will be no celebrations of baptism or marriage but we will continue to offer prayers for those who have died and for their families who mourn their passing. The Church is not only a building but the people of God at prayer wherever they may find themselves.
"We encourage all Catholics and all people of faith to pray unceasingly in their homes for our nation at this time in particular for our political leaders, our health care professionals and all those suffering from the virus.
"May this lived Lenten experience lead us to new life and healing at Easter."
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