Bishops to publicize hot line, Web site to help travelers find Mass

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roman Catholics don't have to miss Mass while they're traveling.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has formed a partnership with ''1-800-Mass Times'' to help publicize the hot line and Web site -- -- that lists church services nationwide.

Nearly 22,500 Mass sites are on the database. In 1999, the phone line received more than 100,000 calls, while the Internet site got 120,000 hits.

The database lists Mass times by city and language, and indicates whether the worship site is accessible for people with disabilities.

The service was created by Robert Hummel and is supported by his Perpetual Help Foundation. The bishops' communications arm will help publicize the free service.

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