What’s “the most Catholic” state in the U.S.?

The answer:  Rhode Island is still the most Catholic state in the U.S., a new study has found. A total of 44% of Rhode Islanders identified as Roman Catholic in a survey of nearly 53,000 Americans conducted last year by the Public Religion Research Institute, a five-year-old nonprofit organization based in Washington. The results are similar to [Read More...]

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“God has not forgotten about this community”: One of California’s poorest parishes finally gets a new church

I love this story. Way back in 2008, I preached a homily about Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Mecca, California: It ‘s the poorest parish in southern California – in fact, one of the poorest in the entire state. Two years ago, the average income in Mecca was just $6,000. 60% of the people live [Read More...]

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Two brothers, raised Baptist, choose two different faiths as teens

A fascinating read, from The Wall Street Journal: Many people change faiths, but not like Brad and Chad Jones. Identical twins, the brothers grew up in Elkin, N.C., a small town in the Bible Belt, the only children of devout Baptists. As boys, they attended the First Baptist Church of Elkin, studied Scripture, went to [Read More...]

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NPR: The trend of “house churches”

Details:  At most churches, it’s embarrassing to show up late. But if you arrive early at Greg Stultz’s church, you might interrupt the hosts’ last-minute preparations as they put away homework or toss shoes up the stairs. Stultz and his family are part of a house church. They typically meet on the Eastern Shore of [Read More...]

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Signs of faith: Mass with Pittsburgh’s Catholic deaf community

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a rare glimpse at an unusual way of worship: The 11:30 Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church begins with the usual greetings and an unusual request — that parishioners remain seated during the hymns and other parts of the liturgy where they normally would stand. That’s so [Read More...]

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Further proof that it’s a big Church

Details:  For some their perception of the world is based on what surrounds them, such as the foods they eat, the clothes they wear and for Catholics, how they celebrate their religion. A first of its kind initiative by the College of the Holy Cross called Catholics & Cultures is hoping to make the understanding [Read More...]

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Report: hundreds of thousands of Germans leaving the Church over taxes

From The Telegraph:  Hundreds of thousands of German Christians are formally renouncing their faith and leaving the church in order to escape a controversial change in the tax laws. Up to 200,000 Germans are believed to have filed official declarations last year renouncing their membership of the Protestant church, the highest number in almost two [Read More...]

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What happened when a priest invited 500 young people in his parish to talk about the church?

Read on, via National Catholic Reporter:  Less than 10 percent of the 500 invited showed up. The low attendance was discouraging. It told me that the church is irrelevant to their lives. They do not even care enough about church to come and tell us why they don’t want to come. For them, the church [Read More...]

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Boom: number of Catholics throughout the world continues to grow

St. Peter’s Basilica (photo: Andreas Tille / Wikipedia) From Vatican Radio:  The number of Catholics in the world has increased with growth registered across all five continents. The figures are taken by the Fides news agency from the latest edition of the Church’s Book of Statistics updated to 31 December 2012. These show that on [Read More...]

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In Santa Fe, “native spirituality and Catholic faith walk hand in hand”

Details from CNS:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has placed new emphasis on reaching out to Pueblo communities, continuing evangelization efforts while upholding a traditional Indian way of life that is unique to New Mexico. “We are renewing our connection with the pueblos,” Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan told visitors with the Bureau of Catholic Indian [Read More...]

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