CNA Staff, Nov 18, 2020 / 08:30 am
The Catholic Church in Belgium reported Wednesday a rise in Mass attendance in 2019 compared to the previous year.
The figures, issued Nov. 18, showed that 241,029 people attended Mass on the third Sunday of October in 2019, an increase of 2,101 on the same Sunday in 2018.
But despite the modest rise, the number of Mass-goers is well below the 2016 total of 286,000.
The new figures also showed that significantly more Belgians attended Mass at Christmas in 2019 than in 2018. The report said that 551,134 people went to either Midnight Mass or a Christmas Day Mass last year, compared to 509,000 in 2018.