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Catholics in Upper Peninsula required to wear masks at Mass

The Marquette Diocese had recommended masks when Masses in Michigan resumed in May.
Credit: AP
Parishioners wear face masks as they attend an in-person Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. San Antonio parishes that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have began opening their doors to in-person services. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Catholic Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting Saturday.

Marquette Bishop John Doerfler believes the effectiveness of masks in reducing COVID-19 is “still inconclusive.” But the bishop says it's a sacrifice made out of love for each other.

Doerfler oversees all Catholic churches in the Upper Peninsula.

The Marquette Diocese had recommended masks when Masses in Michigan resumed in May. They’ve been mandatory elsewhere in many Michigan churches. 

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