The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Toronto Catholics to “go deeper” into their spiritual lives, Cardinal Thomas Collins told thousands who gathered before television and computer screens for the most unusual Cardinal’s Dinner in over four decades.

“It’s a time of distress,” Toronto’s archbishop told CTV television journalist Alicia Markson in an interview broadcast over Salt + Light TV and livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook. “At the same time, it’s a time to go deeper … to live life more fully and also to reach out.”

Over 1,000 computer screens were tuned in to the event, in addition to a substantial television audience watching on Salt + Light, with many of those screens being watched by families gathered together. Archdiocese of Toronto director of communications Neil MacCarthy is confident the total audience easily outstrips live audiences of 1,700 diners gathered at the Metro Convention Centre in recent years.

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