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Pakistani Catholics keep the faith online

Technology offers the faithful a chance to continue religious practices during coronavirus lockdown

Pakistani Catholics keep the faith online

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw celebrates evening Mass online via the Facebook page of Catholic TV. (Photo: Kamran Chaudhry)

At the Lahore bishop’s house which has been converted into a studio, nuns and catechists attend online Masses and pray for an end to the coronavirus.

Maintaining a three-foot distance, around 20 worshipers take up position in front of the cameras of Catholic TV broadcasting the evening prayers and reciting the rosary live on its Facebook page.

More than 6,000 viewers from Pakistan and abroad watch them every day as churches remain closed amid the lockdown following a spike in virus deaths.

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw dedicated the conference hall of the bishop’s house for the studio-cum-chapel earlier this month. “We have decided to support the people spiritually. Our main task is to save lives and strengthen faith. The faithful are being urged to avoid unnecessary visits to friends and relatives and observe social distancing,” he told UCA News.

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