BOGOTA, Colombia 

Colombia has witnessed a most unusual Holy Week in a country where about 75% of the population is Catholic and where attendance at religious services is one of the main activities this time of year.

In a stark departure from past years, when hordes of people gathered in a demonstration of their religious fervor, the scene today is deserted. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, religious communities in Colombia have closed churches and temples, banned congregations and processions and replaced crowded masses with live-streamed services and worship at home.

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