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It's a paradox but the absence of Mass may lead to a stronger Church in the community

Michael Kelly


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Video link: Fr Nicholas Maanzo, originally from Kenya celebrates mass in St Joseph’s Church, Monaghan town on Sunday morning. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Video link: Fr Nicholas Maanzo, originally from Kenya celebrates mass in St Joseph’s Church, Monaghan town on Sunday morning. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Video link: Fr Nicholas Maanzo, originally from Kenya celebrates mass in St Joseph’s Church, Monaghan town on Sunday morning. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

So far, people have - if reluctantly - adapted to a new normal.

We're now just over two weeks away from the next huge milestone on the Government's roadmap back.

On June 29, travel restrictions will be removed, restaurants and pubs that serve food will re-open and - crucially for the almost two million people on this island who attend Mass every week - religious services will resume.