Tiny Catholic parish struggles to survive in Afghanistan
March 30, 2012
A tiny Catholic community in Kabul, Afghanistan lives as a “catacomb Church,” as described by the lone priest, and Mass attendance is dropping because of security concerns.
Father Giuseppe Moretti, whose chapel in the Italian embassy serves a community made up mostly of foreign diplomats, reports that Sunday Mass attendance has dropped from 50 to 15 in recent months. “The danger of attacks, the checkpoints and the security measures imposed on the diplomatic staff hinder the participation of the faithful,” he explains.