Some Catholic churches in Dublin are set to introduce contactless payment card machines to allow Mass-goers to make financial donations to the church.
The Archdiocese of Dublin is trying out the new technology in a bid to boost its finances which have suffered from falling cash donations in recent years.
Card machines will be installed at the back of a small number of churches.
A representative of the archdiocese told BBC News NI they want to provide parishioners with "options" to donate.
The idea is being piloted by the archdiocese's Office for Financial Development, which was established in 2016 to "ensure a sustainable future funding base" for Dublin's parishes and diocese.
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