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What leads Millennials to continue Mass attendance?

Faith Downing received Communion from Msgr. James Callahan at Mass June 20 while attending with her 7-month-old son, Joseph. Downing tries to go to daily Mass at St. Joseph at least once a month.

For Faith Downing, 24, education in Catholic schools made all the difference in her faith as a young adult. By comparison, Ashley Hayworth, 28, received little Catholic education — just 2½ years out of 12, with no Parish School of Religion — yet she's a regular Sunday Mass-goer as well.

Despite their Catholic-education extremes, Downing and Hayworth rank among Millennials — young adults born since 1982 — who attend Mass on Sundays.

Report commissioned by bishops finds diversity abounds in U.S. Church

St. Pius V Church in south St. Louis hosts an annual Migration Mass to celebrate diversity in the Church in St. Louis. A CARA study commissioned by the U.S. bishops showed that the Catholic Church in the United States is very diverse and parishes and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity.

BALTIMORE — The Catholic Church is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the United States and Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said a report presented to the country's bishops Nov. 15.

The report, by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, was commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church in 2013 to help identify the size and distribution of ethnic communities in the country.

Church growth rates highest outside Europe and the Americas

Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano greeted people at the sign of peace at Mass April 9 in a makeshift chapel inside a U.N. base in Malakal, South Sudan. Results of a study released June 1 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate said that the highest growth rates in Catholicism are in Africa and Asia.

WASHINGTON -- Results of a study released June 1 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) said that the highest growth rates in Catholicism are in Africa and Asia.

"Overall, the global Catholic population has grown by 57 percent since 1980. However, this growth differs by region, with Europe's Catholic population growing by just 6 percent while the number of Catholics in Africa grew by 238 percent," said the report, "Global Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts." "Differences between these two regions are largely attributable to differences in fertility rates over time."

Mass Mob is 'a vibrant experience'

In the past two decades, there has been a steady decline in the number of parishes in the United States, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The number of parishes peaked in 1990 at 19,620. In 2014 (the most recent data available) CARA listed the total number of parishes at 17,483.

Mark Gray, a senior research associate at CARA, noted that the Mass mobs in the United States generally involve churches that once served a larger population. Some might now serve a smaller population, and others have been closed altogether.

Most Catholics aren't searching for spirituality online, study says

WASHINGTON -- Most U.S. Catholics are not looking for spirituality online, in fact, half of them are unaware the Church even has an online presence, according to researchers at Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

The most widely used communication tool in Catholic Church is the parish bulletin, followed by a diocesan newspaper or magazine -- in print form -- which one in four adult Catholics have read in the past three months, CARA reports.

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