When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, churches across South Africa – and the world – were shut. The bishops lifted the obligation to attend Sunday mass. Now that the lockdown restrictions have eased and places of worship have reopened, are people returning to Sunday mass? A poll, conducted by the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate based in Washington DC, reported that 36% of young Catholics said that they did not intend to return to mass regularly. In early September the Dublin-based Iona Institute for Religion and Society found that just 27% of people were regularly attending mass in Ireland. Of that 27%, only 36% said they returned to mass.
A few days ago, somebody was telling me that the corporate he works for is going to shed 350+ jobs. He explained that their income had been down by a significant amount – unsurprisingly – in April and May. What I heard next is what astounded me. He told me that the company had made a huge profit in 2019. He said that the decision, by executives, to lay people off was so that the company did not have to “dig into their reserves”.
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