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Living the Catholic faith in times of crisis

Indonesian Catholics are learning to adapt the way they worship and help people amid the coronavirus pandemic

Living the Catholic faith in times of crisis

Nuns of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Lampung, Sumatra, prepare rice and other supplies to be distributed to those in need on March 30. (Photo supplied)

Emanuel Marianus Tapu, 29, usually goes to church to attend Sunday Mass. However, for the last two Sundays he has been unable to do so because Mass and other church activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Luckily, though, churches have turned to the internet and are streaming daily and Sunday Masses.

Last Sunday, at his home in the Jakarta suburb of Parung Panjang, he placed a lit candle and a cross next to his laptop and followed a livestreamed Mass from Jakarta Cathedral.

"Although it was through YouTube, I still felt I was attending a normal Mass. I feel the need to maintain my spiritual life in the midst of this crisis,” the 29-year-old devout Catholic told UCA News.

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