Political leaders and health experts urged Americans celebrating Good Friday and the Easter weekend to avoid church gatherings and observe the holidays at home to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY, SAYING: ”This cannot be a weekend to think we can let our foot off the gas.
We're not even close, folks.
We have to keep with it.” With more than 90% of the country under stay-at-home orders, the holiest weekend on the Christian calendar began with services livestreamed or broadcast to congregants watching from their living rooms. Many churches sat empty on Good Friday, when they would typically be overflowing with worshipers.
Still, a handful of holdout U.S. churches planned to go ahead with in-person Easter Sunday services, saying their rights to worship outweighed public health warnings.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REVEREND TONY SPELL, SAYING: "Everybody's fine.
They would rather come to church and worship like free people than live like prisoners in their homes for 22 days." The Reverend Tony Spell, pastor of the evangelical Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge, Louisiana said, ”Satan and a virus will not stop us.” He expects more than 2,000 to gather at his megachurch on Sunday.
John Hume, a Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, has died at the age of 83. Francis Maguire reports.
Former SDLP leader John Hume has died at the age of 83. Mr Hume, who wasawarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts in forging the Good Friday Agreementin Northern Ireland, had suffered ill health for a number of years. The formerFoyle MP had dementia and was cared for in the Owen Mor nursing home inLondonderry.
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Louisiana police officer John Goulart Jr. said he was ambushed and shot while on duty last weekend. But now, Newser reports the 25-year-old officer has been arrested because local authorities say he staged the whole thing. The Pineville Police Department officer first told fellow officers he'd been getting out of his car in a shopping center close to midnight on Sunday when gunfire rang out.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio says the treatment of bodies at a Brooklyn funeral home is "unconscionable." Several dozen deceased were found in unrefrigerated rental trucks. CBS2's Tony Aiello reports a backlog..