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How to tune into daily televised Masses

Pope Francis, pictured celebrating Mass at his Santa Marta residence, delivered an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing last week. Picture by Vatican News via Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people are watching televised Masses every day.

The daily broadcast by RTÉ has an average audience of 34,600, new figures show.

Masses are shown on the state broadcaster's RTÉ News Now channel at 10.30am, Monday to Friday.

Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian, said the broadcast is uniting viewers in faith.

"As people throughout Ireland are complying with the restrictions that are required to arrest and reverse the spread of Covid-19, the broadcasting of Mass is even more important at this time," he said. 

"The daily broadcast is facilitating a spiritual communion of worshippers who, while not physically present within the church, are digitally united in faith. 

"On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people who would love to attend daily Mass, but who can’t get to Mass these days and who don’t have access to the internet, I wish to thank RTÉ News Now for broadcasting Mass. 

"May I ask people to spread the word to those not aware of this special broadcast but who would love to participate at Mass on television."

The daily Masses are being broadcast from the Cathedral of Saint Eunan & Saint Columba in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, but the venue may change.

More than 2,300 people are also watching live streams for Mass on the cathedral's own webcam every day.

RTÉ News Now is RTÉ’s news channel and can be received on the RTÉ website and several television packages.

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrated Mass in Newry Cathedral with no congregation present. It was broadcast via webcam

HOW TO WATCH DAILY MASS, ROSARY AND DIVINE MERCY:

Vatican Television

During these days, Pope Francis has arranged for his celebration of Mass to be televised from the Vatican.  The broadcast is simultaneously translated into the English language.  For access please link to https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html

Diocesan and parish webcams in Ireland

Around the country, some parish churches and cathedrals livestream Mass and other liturgies on webcams which can accessed on the homepage of www.catholicbishops.ie and on:

https://www.churchservices.tv/churches/

https://www.mcnmedia.tv/cameras

https://www.parishwebsites.ie/

Radio Maria Ireland

Radio Maria Ireland facilitates the broadcast of Mass each day of the week at 10.00am from its studios in Dublin.  Mass can be listened to in four different ways:

-          on www.radiomaria.ie

-          on the digital terrestrial television channel Saorview, on channel 210 (in the Republic)

-          on the Radio Maria Ireland mobile app, and,

-          on the Radio Maria-Ireland Facebook page.

EWTN

Eternal Word Television Network is a Catholic television station which broadcasts from the USA programmes some of which are produced or presented by Irish priests and religious, including daily Mass.  EWTN is free to view online:

https://www.ewtnireland.com/

https://www.ewtnireland.com/television/

https://www.ewtnireland.com/contact/

Shalom TV

Is a Catholic television station which broadcasts live from Rome including daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.  It is available free to view on some digital television networks and via the internet.  Please see http://www.shalomworld.ie/

Pope Francis celebrating Mass alone at his Santa Marta residence in the Vatican yesterday; the Church has issued fresh guidelines on how clergy are to celebrate Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic, with no faithful present. Picture by Vatican News via AP

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