A northern Virginia bishop gave Catholics in his diocese the OK to stay home from Mass on Sunday, after a historic storm blanketed the region in as much as 30 inches of snow.
Most Rev. Paul Loverde, the bishop of Arlington, said in a statement released Thursday that Catholics in the diocese aren't obligated to attend Mass this Sunday as usual because of serious concerns about travel conditions.
The archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, are reminding people that dangerous travel conditions are a legitimate excuse from fulfilling their Sunday Mass obligation.
Officials are encouraging Catholics who can't safely attend Mass to watch a televised Mass or listen to a radio broadcast of Mass.