Security threat closes St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver

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DENVER -- St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver closed its doors Wednesday after church staff said they had received threats.

All events were cancelled until further notice.

Church officials would not discuss the threats but said in a statement that the decision to close was "out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its staff and the general public."

"On Tuesday night, the Office of the Bishop notified diocesan clergy and advised them to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions at churches, particularly in the Denver metro area," Beckett Stokes, director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado said.

“Unfortunately, these situations do occasionally arise, and we feel a responsibility to take necessary measures to keep our staff and the public safe,” said Larry Hitt, Chancellor for the Diocese of Colorado. “All those involved are in our prayers, and we will work to return to business as usual as soon as possible.”

Denver police would not comment on the nature of the threats saying they have an active investigation.

The cathedral is in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood at 13th and Washington streets.

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