The Catholic church in England and Wales has also reported high numbers of people joining online services. Sunday mass at Plymouth Cathedral usually attracts up to 650 worshippers, but 2,200 people tuned in for last week’s Palm Sunday service. Those joining weekday online masses have doubled to 700 on some days. Weekly evening prayer, usually attended by about a dozen worshippers, is attracting between 200 and 400 people.

Mark O’Toole, the Catholic bishop of Plymouth, said: “This period of isolation has given us the confidence to embrace new platforms to communicate God’s message of love and hope. This is sorely needed at this time.”                     Click to read full article