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Churchgoers find new ways to worship amid coronavirus

Zechariah Payton, 5, puts his head down on an empty pew, on the third day of California Governor Gavin Newsom's implemented statewide "stay at home order" directing the state's residents to stay in their homes in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before a Facebook Live service at Rising Star Church in Oakland, California, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Zechariah Payton, 5, puts his head down on an empty pew, on the third day of California Governor Gavin Newsom's implemented statewide "stay at home order" directing the state's residents to stay in their homes in the face of the fast-spreading...more

Zechariah Payton, 5, puts his head down on an empty pew, on the third day of California Governor Gavin Newsom's implemented statewide "stay at home order" directing the state's residents to stay in their homes in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before a Facebook Live service at Rising Star Church in Oakland, California, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Reverend Scott Holmer, left, hosts a drive-thru confessional at the Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, in Bowie, Maryland, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Reverend Scott Holmer, left, hosts a drive-thru confessional at the Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, in Bowie, Maryland, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Reverend Scott Holmer, left, hosts a drive-thru confessional at the Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, in Bowie, Maryland, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
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A faithful applies hand sanitizer to a woman as she arrives to attend a church service at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, South Africa, March 22,2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A faithful applies hand sanitizer to a woman as she arrives to attend a church service at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, South Africa, March 22,2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A faithful applies hand sanitizer to a woman as she arrives to attend a church service at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, South Africa, March 22,2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A faithful sits alone at the empty Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral during the Sunday mass, as prayers were suspended in Dakar, Senegal March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui

A faithful sits alone at the empty Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral during the Sunday mass, as prayers were suspended in Dakar, Senegal March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui

A faithful sits alone at the empty Notre-Dame des Victoires Cathedral during the Sunday mass, as prayers were suspended in Dakar, Senegal March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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Catholic priest Reginaldo Manzotti conducts a mass, broadcast live on television, with photos of the faithful over the church's banks at the Santuario de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe church in Curitiba, Brazil March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer

Catholic priest Reginaldo Manzotti conducts a mass, broadcast live on television, with photos of the faithful over the church's banks at the Santuario de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe church in Curitiba, Brazil March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer

Catholic priest Reginaldo Manzotti conducts a mass, broadcast live on television, with photos of the faithful over the church's banks at the Santuario de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe church in Curitiba, Brazil March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer
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Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei celebrates a mass, live streamed to worshippers as all religious gatherings were suspended in Accra, Ghana, March 22, 2020. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko

Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei celebrates a mass, live streamed to worshippers as all religious gatherings were suspended in Accra, Ghana, March 22, 2020. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko

Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei celebrates a mass, live streamed to worshippers as all religious gatherings were suspended in Accra, Ghana, March 22, 2020. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko
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A pastor of the Evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God prays with faithful outside of his church in Guaruja, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio

A pastor of the Evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God prays with faithful outside of his church in Guaruja, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio

A pastor of the Evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God prays with faithful outside of his church in Guaruja, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio
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Reverend Carey Anderson preaches during his web-streamed Sunday Service at First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Seattle, Washington, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Reverend Carey Anderson preaches during his web-streamed Sunday Service at First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Seattle, Washington, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Reverend Carey Anderson preaches during his web-streamed Sunday Service at First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Seattle, Washington, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Faithful sing a hymn during a Catholic mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Faithful sing a hymn during a Catholic mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Faithful sing a hymn during a Catholic mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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A man stands with the sanitizer in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, in Abuja, Nigeria March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands with the sanitizer in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, in Abuja, Nigeria March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands with the sanitizer in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, in Abuja, Nigeria March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Pastor Billy Jones leads a drive-in church service to churchgoers in their cars in the car park of Dunseverick Baptist Church in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Pastor Billy Jones leads a drive-in church service to churchgoers in their cars in the car park of Dunseverick Baptist Church in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Pastor Billy Jones leads a drive-in church service to churchgoers in their cars in the car park of Dunseverick Baptist Church in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
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Reverend Father John Peter Bebeley sits behind the mixing table at Radio Maria, which broadcasts the sermons of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen

Reverend Father John Peter Bebeley sits behind the mixing table at Radio Maria, which broadcasts the sermons of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen

Reverend Father John Peter Bebeley sits behind the mixing table at Radio Maria, which broadcasts the sermons of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Freetown, Sierra Leone March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen
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Faithful attend a church service at the African Inland Church (AIC) Milimani in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Faithful attend a church service at the African Inland Church (AIC) Milimani in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Faithful attend a church service at the African Inland Church (AIC) Milimani in Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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A worker walks in an empty church after the official discouragement of big religious meetings was issued in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia March 22, 2020. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS

A worker walks in an empty church after the official discouragement of big religious meetings was issued in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia March 22, 2020. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS

A worker walks in an empty church after the official discouragement of big religious meetings was issued in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia March 22, 2020. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/ via REUTERS
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Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS
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Church members gather for a "drive-in" church service at The Grove Church where people stayed in their cars and tuned in to the pastor on their car radios after Washington Governor Jay Inslee banned large gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Marysville, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Church members gather for a "drive-in" church service at The Grove Church where people stayed in their cars and tuned in to the pastor on their car radios after Washington Governor Jay Inslee banned large gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak,...more

Church members gather for a "drive-in" church service at The Grove Church where people stayed in their cars and tuned in to the pastor on their car radios after Washington Governor Jay Inslee banned large gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Marysville, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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A woman prays inside the Cologne Cathedral as worships and viewings are cancelled and the church is only open for prayers in Cologne, Germany, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A woman prays inside the Cologne Cathedral as worships and viewings are cancelled and the church is only open for prayers in Cologne, Germany, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A woman prays inside the Cologne Cathedral as worships and viewings are cancelled and the church is only open for prayers in Cologne, Germany, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
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A staff member prays as Eastside Foursquare Church, whose congregation includes family members of the residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the Seattle-area nursing home at the epicenter of one of the biggest coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, holds an online Sunday church service in an empty sanctuary at the in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A staff member prays as Eastside Foursquare Church, whose congregation includes family members of the residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the Seattle-area nursing home at the epicenter of one of the biggest coronavirus outbreaks in the...more

A staff member prays as Eastside Foursquare Church, whose congregation includes family members of the residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the Seattle-area nursing home at the epicenter of one of the biggest coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, holds an online Sunday church service in an empty sanctuary at the in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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An empty holy water font is pictured at St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with parishioners in Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

An empty holy water font is pictured at St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with parishioners in Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

An empty holy water font is pictured at St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with parishioners in Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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People participate in a mass at a church after government measures to authorize only 50% maximum capacity of people in public spaces, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

People participate in a mass at a church after government measures to authorize only 50% maximum capacity of people in public spaces, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

People participate in a mass at a church after government measures to authorize only 50% maximum capacity of people in public spaces, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
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Viewers leave comments from different cities as Archbishop of Seattle Paul D. Etienne celebrates Mass over Facebook Live in the chapel of St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with parishioners in Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Viewers leave comments from different cities as Archbishop of Seattle Paul D. Etienne celebrates Mass over Facebook Live in the chapel of St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with...more

Viewers leave comments from different cities as Archbishop of Seattle Paul D. Etienne celebrates Mass over Facebook Live in the chapel of St. James Cathedral after all parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle suspended celebrating the Eucharist with parishioners in Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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Priests serve a Mass in an empty church, during preventing measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia March 15, 2020. The Mass is broadcasted on regional television and internet sites. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

Priests serve a Mass in an empty church, during preventing measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia March 15, 2020. The Mass is broadcasted on regional television and internet sites. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

Priests serve a Mass in an empty church, during preventing measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia March 15, 2020. The Mass is broadcasted on regional television and internet sites. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa
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Pope Francis delivers the weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis delivers the weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis delivers the weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/ Handout via REUTERS
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Priest Don Marco arrives to conduct Sunday mass alone in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, as churches close to the faithful to avoid coronavirus contagion, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Priest Don Marco arrives to conduct Sunday mass alone in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, as churches close to the faithful to avoid coronavirus contagion, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Priest Don Marco arrives to conduct Sunday mass alone in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, as churches close to the faithful to avoid coronavirus contagion, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria
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Catholic faithfuls use sanitizer provided by the church to clean their hands after a Sunday mass at the Holy Family Basilica ca in Nairobi, Kenya, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Catholic faithfuls use sanitizer provided by the church to clean their hands after a Sunday mass at the Holy Family Basilica ca in Nairobi, Kenya, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Catholic faithfuls use sanitizer provided by the church to clean their hands after a Sunday mass at the Holy Family Basilica ca in Nairobi, Kenya, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
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A priest celebrates mass live-streamed on Facebook following the suspension of mass gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, at an almost-empty chapel in Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A priest celebrates mass live-streamed on Facebook following the suspension of mass gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, at an almost-empty chapel in Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A priest celebrates mass live-streamed on Facebook following the suspension of mass gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, at an almost-empty chapel in Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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A priest stands inside Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph visually deserted, amid coronavirus concerns, in Warsaw, Poland March 15, 2020. Jedrzej Nowicki/ Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS

A priest stands inside Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph visually deserted, amid coronavirus concerns, in Warsaw, Poland March 15, 2020. Jedrzej Nowicki/ Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS

A priest stands inside Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph visually deserted, amid coronavirus concerns, in Warsaw, Poland March 15, 2020. Jedrzej Nowicki/ Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS
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Pope Francis walks in a deserted Rome to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis walks in a deserted Rome to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis walks in a deserted Rome to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Parishioners watch Sunday services on a screen in a lobby, after standard services were canceled following reports of coronavirus cases in the country, at Eastside Church in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

Parishioners watch Sunday services on a screen in a lobby, after standard services were canceled following reports of coronavirus cases in the country, at Eastside Church in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

Parishioners watch Sunday services on a screen in a lobby, after standard services were canceled following reports of coronavirus cases in the country, at Eastside Church in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder
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Eastside Foursquare Church holds an online Sunday church service in an empty sanctuary in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Eastside Foursquare Church holds an online Sunday church service in an empty sanctuary in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Eastside Foursquare Church holds an online Sunday church service in an empty sanctuary in Bothell, Washington, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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