Catholic podcast goes daily for Holy Week
WITH church buildings all over Ireland closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic bishops' faith podcast will be published daily from tomorrow to help people celebrate Holy Week in their own homes.
Faithcast is normally produced once a week but with Christians unable to attend church during the most important period in the Churches' calendar, there will be episodes every day between Palm Sunday, celebrated tomorrow, and Easter Sunday.
The programmes - a mixture of interviews, news and stories - will focus on living Holy Week as people of faith in the context of Covid-19.
Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin said he hoped the daily reflections would "offer listeners a pause for thought".
"As we prepare to celebrate Holy Week at home this year, we are offering people a chance to hear from different voices of faith," he said.
"There are many people feeling alone and isolated at the moment and we hope that our short pieces of audio can assist people in living Holy Week in their homes."
The podcast is just one of the ways the Catholic Church and others have responded in creative ways to the restrictions on public worship.
"I would like to thank all those priests and people putting out into the deep of the net at this time and connecting with their parishioners on the digital highways," said Dr Martin.
Meanwhile, the Church of Ireland Gazette, which is normally distributed through churches, is being made available for free this month.
A PDF version of the magazine can be downloaded here.