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The Rome Italy Temple will close beginning Friday in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Europe Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday.
Meanwhile, a stake north of Seattle, Washington, has canceled all church activities and church worship services through Sunday in accordance with a government request to cancel or postpone nonessential large gatherings because of COVID-19.
The Rome temple, which opened in March 2019 after President Russell M. Nelson met with Pope Francis and dedicated the temple, is the fifth closed by Church officials as they work with governments around the world to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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