NY Archdiocese says it's OK to skip Mass today
NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the New York Archdiocese says it is OK to skip Mass on All Saints Day in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he's dispensing people from their obligation to go to church on the holiday.
He says they should only go if their safety is not at risk.
Sandy left many neighborhoods in the dark and littered with trees and electrical wires.
Dolan said it was a time to pray and mourn for those who died, were injured or left homeless as a result of the storm.
He said he also was praying "in thanksgiving for all the heroic service of so many entrusted with our protection."
The Catholic church observes All Saints Day on Wednesday evening and on Thursday.
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