Philly Catholics required to attend in-person Mass again starting in August
Rita Felder, parishioner for 50 years, stands during Mass at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in North Philadelphia last June. - Monica Herndon/TNS

PHILADELPHIA – Following a 16-month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania Catholics will be required to attend Mass in person again beginning next month. “We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 as individuals and families. It has been a time of acute hardship and struggle, of separation and isolation. It has also had an impact on our lives of faith,” Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Pérez said in a statement Thursday. ”As many aspects of life are now returning to normalcy, each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Hol...