Pew report says young adults worldwide less religious than older adults

WASHINGTON — A study by the Pew Research Center found that young adults worldwide are generally less religious than older adults by a variety of measures.

The study, which drew upon previous surveys by Pew, concluded that this was true regardless of the predominant religion in the country, its level of economic development, or its level of religiosity. It defined young people as those under 40 years of age and older people as those 40 or older.

Young Catholic Musicians impress during tour through South Bend and Toronto

Members of the Young Catholic Musicians did some sight-seeing at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. The group was on an eight-day trip, singing at various locations in South Bend, Ind., and Toronto, Canada.

Members of the Young Catholic Musicians performed, explored and one even received royal treatment during their annual summer tour June 2 to 10.

The 28 musicians visited South Bend, Ind., as well as Toronto, Ontario, and performed their set, largely composed of show tunes and pop music from the 1950s on, a total of seven times.

Faith, fun and formation at Kenrick-Glennon Days


One week each summer, the green grounds and marble halls of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary echo with cheering, chanting and bursting water balloons during the annual Kenrick-Glennon Days camp for sixth- through ninth-graders. Often, the only quiet space is the Chapel of St. Joseph, even when packed with more than 100 campers, counselors and seminarians.

This is exactly the balance for which the camp aims in aiding boys in vocational discernment: an environment of both play and prayer as they get to know the seminary.

Go To Bat for Kids provides unforgettable memories for kids

Carlos Williams threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals’ game on April 20. Carlos had been selected through Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

With three curved fingers hooked on top, and a thumb positioned underneath, Carlos Williams demonstrated how he held the baseball for his first-ever major-league pitch.

The 7-year-old threw the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game April 20 as part of Catholic Charities of St. Louis' Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

Later, Carlos showed off his newly prized possession, the ball signed by Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman.

"That's how he told me to throw it," Carlos said of his expert advice. "And I was the only one that got to throw that ball."

Catholic Beer Club responds to millennials’ thirst for community

McKaela Laxen, center, talked with Nick Check at a Catholic Beer Club event at Able Seedhouse and Brewery in Minneapolis April 4.

MINNEAPOLIS — Weeknight visitors to a Twin Cities craft brewery might stumble upon one of the newest young adult ventures in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Although they wouldn't necessarily know it.

There will be no telltale signs that an organized Catholic event is taking place: no speaker giving a catechetical talk, no priest fielding questions, no special reserved seating. Just a group of young Catholics casually chatting, laughing and getting to know one another, likely with a pale ale or stout in hand.

U.S. bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as minors without legal documentation. The proposed bill also calls for an increase in security at the border between Mexico and the U.S., an increase in immigration judges and ties U.S. aid to certain Central American countries based on their efforts to address smuggling and steps to combat corruption as well as to strengthening rule of law at home.

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