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Virtual mass connects global community in prayer for those on the frontline of the Coronavirus

31 March 2020

31 March 2020

Places of worship were among some of the many venues forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 – but thanks to live-steaming technology, faith communities can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.

International development charity CAFOD plans to hold their first live-streamed mass, celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes, on Wednesday 1 April at 6 pm BST.

This mass will virtually bring together the Catholic community around the country – and even the world.

Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Fundraising and Participation, said:

“We are incredibly lucky to have such committed and compassionate supporters, who in the face of Coronavirus, have looked to keep us together as a faith community.

“I’m sure we can’t fail to be moved by the news reports of how the virus is affecting everyone’s daily lives not only here but around the world.

“We are now hearing about the catastrophic situations that will arise if there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in developing countries with weak healthcare systems, or in a refugee camp with limited handwashing facilities.”

COVID-19 has now spread to every continent except Antarctica, with confirmed cases in several African and Asian countries where CAFOD works.

Jo continued: “Social-distancing may cut us off physically, but strength lies in our ability to gather together still as a community, to reflect and pray for families and friends and for our sisters and brothers who face an uncertain future as the world tackles COVID-19.”

The charity hopes that the mass will gather people to pray for all those working on the frontline in the fight to stop the spread of the virus.

“This is an opportunity for us to pause, and reflect, wherever we might be in the world and regardless of faith, to join us for this special Mass”, said Kitterick.

CAFOD will be live-streaming mass on Wednesday 1 April at 6pm, BST. Register here:


For further information and photos please contact: Elouise Hobbs,, Mobile: +44 (0)7954 077426 | Landline: + 44 (0) 2920 344 882 Or, CAFOD’s 24-hour media hotline on +44 (0)7919 301 429      

  1. CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. Because we work through the local Church, we can reach people and places that others can’t.