Demographics

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Robert David Sullivan August 09, 2019
Children are consistently the poorest age group in the United States, writes Robert David Sullivan. But will they be heard in Washington as they become outnumbered by people over 65?
The Notre-Dame Cathedral, in Quebec City, during celebrations on Dec. 12, 2015, for the Jubilee of Mercy (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
In the survey conducted online in early May and just published by the British Columbia-based Angus Reid Institute, 78 percent of all Canadians (including non-Catholics) gave the church a poor grade.
Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua, in Ray City, Ga., enter their new church at its dedication on May 21, 2016. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension)
Robert David Sullivan April 19, 2019
While the church continues to shut down parishes in the Rust Belt, a new wave of immigrants is contributing to an urgent demand for more pews in the South and West.
John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president of the United States almost precisely halfway through the 110-year history (so far) of America magazine. (U.S. Department of Energy photo)
The Editors April 05, 2019
Over the past 110 years, the U.S. Catholic population has grown from 14.3 million to 68.5 million. There have been plenty of historical firsts and statistics of note along the way; here is a selection from the archives of America magazine.
GoodLands founder Molly Burhans aims “to help Catholic communities around the world use their property for good.” (Photo and map images courtesy of GoodLands.)
Michael J. O’Loughlin January 11, 2019
An American entrepreneur is teaching both the Vatican and local parishes about modern cartography—and how it can help responsible management of the church’s vast real estate portfolio.
In at least three Latin American countries, Catholics have become religious minorities.