South Korea Churches closed – escalating coronavirus [#SouthKoreaChurches #CoronaVirus] 02/28
South Korea Churches closed in response to escalating coronavirus [#SouthKoreaChurches #CoronaVirus] 02/28
Although March 1 usually marks one of the most joyous services in South Korea, in celebration of Independence Movement Day, an unprecedented number of churches will be closed this Sunday in response to an escalating coronavirus outbreak now second in scale only to China.
“This is the first time that churches are officially postponing services in the 100 years of Protestant history and 200 years of Catholic history [in Korea]. Services and masses have not stopped—even during the Korean War.”
– Won Jae-chun, a professor at Christian Handong Global University in Pohang
The world’s largest church, Seoul’s Pentecostal Yoido Full Gospel, announced it will broadcast its services behind closed doors to its half a million members.
Other megachurches in Seoul with over 50,000 members that are broadcasting services include Sarang, Onnuri, and Myungsung, where one associate pastor has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
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