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A photo of an empty church with rows of empty pews.
Mark Pattison - Catholic News Service
If trends of the past 30 years continue for the next 50, Christianity will lose its majority status in the United States by 2070, according to a new demographic study by the Pew Research Center.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, places ashes on the forehead of a parishioner during the Ash Wednesday Mass at Saint Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, March, 2, 2022.
Yonat Shimron - Religion News Service
While Catholics generally are prone to religious switching, Black Catholics have the highest rates. Only 54 percent of U.S. Black Catholics who were raised in the faith remain so as adults.
Pope Francis greets a boy during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 5, 2022.
Pope Francis
“It is a risk, yes: having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption,” Pope Francis said. ”But it is riskier not to have them.”
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati Aug. 15, 2020.
The Associated Press
The plan could result in the possible shutdown of churches and schools as the archdiocese responds to a decline in the number of priests and a shift in parishioners.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Robert David Sullivan
In April the Census Bureau estimated that from 2010 to 2020, the U.S. population grew at the slowest rate since the 1930s and at the second-slowest rate in the nation’s history.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Serena Sigillito
A more welcoming society for babies, children and families must work on many levels. Catholics should be leading that charge.