Obama wishes country a 'blessed and joyful Easter'
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Former President Obama took to Twitter on Easter Sunday to wish Americans a “blessed and joyful” holiday as many in the country remain in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Although our celebrations may look different this year, our unwavering faith remains the same,” Obama tweeted on Sunday morning as a number of churches in the U.S. have closed or moved their services to online to adhere to social distancing guidelines advised by the federal government during the pandemic. 

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“For me, Easter is a time of hope––a reminder of rebirth and renewal––and a belief in a better day to come,” he continued. “From my family to yours, we wish you all a blessed and joyful Easter.”

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To curb the spread of the coronavirus, for which a vaccine has not yet been found, the federal government has advised citizens to practice social distancing and to avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings in the weeks ahead. 

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States have also cracked down on residents and businesses amid the pandemic, with a growing number of governors across the country issuing stay-at-home orders and ordering nonessential business to close in the past few weeks in an effort to limit the outbreak. 

As government and state leaders have also urged people to avoid gatherings exceeding ten people or more, many churches in the country have also shifted to live-streaming their Easter services. 

However, some religious leaders have insisted on holding their services in-person despite the coronavirus outbreak, even as a few have been arrested recently for violating the temporary public health orders issued by their states.

One pastor from Louisiana, Rev. Tony Spell told Reuters this past week that his church expected around 2,000 people to attend its upcoming Easter services at the time

“Satan and a virus will not stop us,” Spell, who had already been arrested last month for violating an executive order recently issued in Louisiana that prohibits gatherings exceeding 50 people, told the news agency Friday. 

“God will shield us from all harm and sickness. We are not afraid. We are called by God to stand against the Antichrist creeping into America’s borders. We will spread the Gospel,” he added.