Collection Baskets Have Gone Digital For Catholic Churches in Paris

Father Didier Duverne demonstrates how works the contactless card payments device in a collection basket at the Saint Francois de Molitor church in Paris (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(WTNH) – In an effort to keep up with the times of a growing cashless society, the Catholic church in Paris is now offering digital donation options in addition to the traditional collection baskets. There will be no more digging through pockets and purses for loose change in this pursuit of making donating to the church easier, keeping up with modern technology.

In 2016, a free donation app called La Quete – or as translated to English, “The Collection” – was released to many churches in Paris, however, another option of direct credit card payment is now being made available in one of those locations.

Worshippers at Saint-Francois de Molitor are making donations using a contactless payment terminal with their credit or debit cards. There are minimal and maximum amounts that they’re able to collect through this system, ranging from $2.50 to $12.00. The user just has to tap their credit card and select an amount which is processed that same moment.

Right now, this kind of technology is also being used internationally in the UK as well as China. Members of churches have been receptive to the change.

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