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Catholic Church To Trial Contactless Payment For Donations

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:42 AM - 15 Feb 2019



The church is going cashless.

5 Catholic churches in Dublin are trialling contactless card machines to counteract the decline in cash donations.

According to the Times Ireland, there was a 19% decrease in the value of donations in the archdiocese of Dublin between 2016 and 2017.

A spokeswoman said that the new technology doesn't mean an end to the traditional basket collections.

The pilot scheme will be rolled out in 5 churches at first with plans to try it in a few more parishes in the coming months.

In a statement, a spokewoman for the Archdiocese of Dublin says: 'Later this year we plan to  roll out the ability for the majority of parishes to accept card-based payments using a Parish Payments System.  This will cover many  transactions such as offerings, pilgrimage payments and will enable parishioners to sign up for recurring contributions. This will not however,  mean an end to the traditional basket collections at Masses which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.'



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