The Europe Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that the Rome Italy Temple will close beginning Friday in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The Rome temple, which opened in March 2019 after President Russell M. Nelson met with Pope Francis and dedicated the temple, is the fifth closed by church officials as they work with governments around the world to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The church already closed the Taipei Taiwan Temple, the Seoul Korea Temple, the Fukuoka Japan Temple and the Sapporo Japan Temple. Church officials have said they also would have closed the Hong Kong China Temple and Tokyo Japan Temple if they had not already been closed for renovations.


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