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As nations across the globe work hard to prevent the spread of this catastrophic pandemic, people worldwide remain essentially compelled by fear and uncertainty; the extremely infectious variants of COVID-19 continue to threaten the entire global culture. Like other spheres of society, 'Religion' has been reshaped by the worldwide health crisis, as everyone must adhere to government restrictions. Without services and mass offerings have become a bone of contention for many catholic churches, as many rely on them for maintenance. Filipinos are renowned for their strong religious convictions. Their beliefs have remained steadfast even during the most challenging times in their existence. When the pandemic struck, spiritual practices shifted drastically. Churches were closed during Holy Celebrations, and all Masses and festivities continued transferred online. In the traditional, where people depend on physical expressions of Religion, worshiping in crowds, touching images and religious relics, something diminishes. Moreover, the seclusion of the COVID-19 pandemic did not hinder Filipino Catholics from expressing their belief; instead, it strengthened it. By allowing them to attend church celebrations, the devotees flocked to witness the regular masses solely. They had a prospect to hold its image with the firm belief that God's favor might protect them from the pandemic. In a nutshell, every Filipino's spirit of Faith and spirituality can keep people adhere to what they believe is a credible source of hope amidst the threat of a pandemic. They may not have attended church on the First Friday of the Month to receive water blessings after the masses, but their Faith is powerful. They will not only persist in this Faith; they will prevail and thrive as a fruit of it.

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Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Manila, Philippines