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Eight Catholic priests from Boston Archdiocese test positive for coronavirus

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said Wednesday that eight priests had tested positive for COVID-19.

The confirmed cases included six senior priests and two parish priests, according to Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

The two parish priests have since recovered and completed their quarantines, he said.

“Other retired priests have been, are now and will continue to be, tested as needed and, in every case, the prescribed quarantines are strictly observed for the protection of all, including their caregivers,” Donilon said in an e-mail. “There is a team both tracking and reporting every suspected case, whether through symptoms or exposure, and constant proactive monitoring of the retired priests.”

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The archdiocese has notified state and federal agencies and continues to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, he said.

“In addition, people who have recently been in the company of these men have been notified," Donilon said via e-mail. “We pray for these priests that they are returned to health as quickly as possible. And we pray for all of our people who are suffering from this disease.”

"Every day our priests, women and men, religious and lay staff serve an essential mission in our parishes, schools, ministries and the wider community. As is widely understood, COVID-19 does not discriminate in who or how it attacks.”


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.