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Global audience tunes in to Tassie Masses
Dr Kathy Capaccione, of New York City, is one of more than 224,000 people who have been tuning in to live streamed Masses

Picture the MCG filled to capacity.

Then double it. And throw in another 25,000 people.

That’s how many times the Mass services from St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart have been viewed. In little more than five weeks from May 5 they have been viewed an incredible 226, 263 times. The Good Friday live steam alone attracted 80,000 views, according to data from YouTube.

Restrictions on numbers attending religious gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis has led to the increasing use of online platforms, with people watching Mass live or catching up later.

People are tuning in from around the world, with 24 per cent of viewers from the USA, 23 per cent from Australia, 13 per cent from India, 12 per cent from the Philippines and nine per cent from the United Kingdom.

Among those in the United States who have been inspired by the Masses from Hobart are Dr Kathy Capaccione, a doctor in New York City at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and Michael Thoren, of Illinois.

Dr Capaccione wrote to thank Archbishop Julian for the beautiful Masses, for helping her to grow in faith during this difficult time, and for extending his holy ministry beyond Tasmania to the whole world.

“I serendipitously found your Mass on YouTube the first weekend that Mass was not held [here],” Dr Capaccione wrote.

“I was so inspired by the wonderful homily, the beautiful music, and the holy celebration that I have been celebrating with you each week and especially throughout the Triduum.

“I am so appreciative of how Archbishop Julian addresses COVID-19 in light of our faith and now in Easter in the light of Christ's redemptive sacrifice. The conditions described in Tasmania are essentially exactly the same as we are facing, and I feel a sense of community with your church as we go through this together.

“Thank you for making this time not one where faith is absent, [but] rather, a rich faith experience that has taught me about the universality and solidarity of the Catholic Church and how our community of faith and faith in Jesus Christ is central to facing and overcoming any crisis, from ancient times to now.”

Mr Thoren said he was immediately captivated by the Holy Thursday Mass when he came across it by chance, felt a connection with Archbishop Julian, and has been attending Mass from afar ever since.

“I also found your church to be very beautiful with the crucifix of Jesus, Mary, and the apostle John; the stained glass windows; and the altar as examples,” Mr Thoren said.

To find out what has so impressed Dr Capaccione, Mr Thoren and hundreds of thousands of others, go to YouTube.com/ArchdioceseOfHobart.