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Pandemic puts squeeze on Jakarta's parishes

Indonesian archdiocese has had to adapt to the financial strains imposed by Covid-19 in order to survive

Pandemic puts squeeze on Jakarta's parishes

Catholics attend the Epiphany Mass in St. Joseph Church in East Jakarta on Jan. 3. (Photo: Katharina R. Lestari/UCA News)

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected parish life, particularly in Jakarta Archdiocese, with the Indonesian capital recording the highest number of virus cases in the country. This, however, has forced the archdiocese’s parishes to be more creative.

Indonesia has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic which first hit the country in March last year. As of Jan. 4, the country had recorded 772,103 cases and 22,911 deaths. As of Jan. 3, Jakarta ranked first, with 189,243 cases and 3,316 deaths.

Soon after the outbreak started, the government announced anti-virus measures in the capital, which included the archdiocese calling on parishes to cancel all activities involving crowds. This meant all celebrations of Holy Week, daily and Sunday Masses and other events were streamed online.

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