The monastic life can be packed with a healthy dose of humor. Sister Hannah of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Vogelenzang in the Netherlands is attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers with her funny videos on TikTok, a popular social media platform.
Using the media to pray together and, especially, to join others for Mass is showing Catholics that they can be united around the Lord’s table even when they are not physically together, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.
To the soundtrack of the official hymn of Recife’s Galo da Madrugada, said to be the largest carnival block in the world, Franciscans from five convents in northeastern Brazil dance to a typical Brazilian rhythm known as the frevo with one request: “Fique em Casa” (Stay Home).
As many Catholics turn to online streams for Mass in the COVID-19 era, one expert is encouraging Church leaders to issue additional guidelines for digital Masses to set them apart from other TV shows that people watch.