Houston cardinal tells Catholics to stay home, not worry about missing Mass

(Crux) As Texas continues to reel from the impact of Hurricane Harvey, with even the National Weather Service calling it “unprecedented,” with “all impacts unknown and beyond anything experienced,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has instructed Catholics in the area to stay safe and not worry about missing Sunday Mass.

DiNardo issued a message to parishioners, which read:

“Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is paramount during this emergency. Please do not be concerned about attending Mass today, and heed the warnings of civil authorities to shelter in place.

“I ask you to join in me in prayer for all those impacted by Harvey,” said DiNardo, who also serves as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

At least five people were reported dead in and around Houston on Sunday morning, while emergency services workers scrambled to respond to large numbers of distress calls as catastrophic flooding hit the nation’s fourth-largest city with a population in the greater metropolitan area of over 6 million people. [More]