- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - One of North Carolina’s largest Catholic churches says its taking security precautions by stationing uniformed and plain-clothes police officers at weekend Masses and banning bags or anything else that can conceal contents.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1Oob4wY ) that leaders of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte told parishioners about the added safety measures in an urgent message Friday. The church has 10,000 households as members.

Church Monsignor John McSweeney says the steps aren’t a reaction to a potential threat but advance planning. He says terrorist events around the world created a moral responsibility for the church to protect visitors.

The new list of items banned from worship halls include backpacks, diaper bags, laptops, video equipment and baby strollers.

The church has already added cameras across its sprawling campus.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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