The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a devastating affect on the Church in Need who have been made even more vulnerable by the virus and the restrictions that have had to be put in place as a result. Here are three messages speaking about the situation of the priests in poor diocese around the world. Poor priests and their Bishops are asking for Mass stipends to ensure they can continue their ministry.
A letter from the Diocese of Tenkodogo, BURKINA FASO
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: “We thought it would be necessary to ask you if it would be possible to obtain Mass stipends. As you know everywhere, masses are suspended, which means that Christians no longer ask for Masses while the priests live on stipends. Currently, in the parishes of the diocese Christians no longer ask for Masses since Christians are confined to their homes to prevent the spread of the disease. We are trying with the cathedral parish to broadcast Sunday Mass but despite our advertisements to ask Christians to ask for masses, the people are not responding. Without forgetting that the diocese does not have a radio station and retransmissions on local radios are expensive.”