More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church

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More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church
Cathy Lynn Grossman | Jun 1, 2015

A new report issued Monday (June 1) mapping the Catholic Church of more than 1.2 billion souls – on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 – holds some surprises.  And not all bode well for the church’s future as it faces major demographic and social shifts.

“Global Catholicism Trends & Forecasts,” created by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, looks at seven regions of the world, wrapping the United States, Mexico and Canada in with Central and South America as simply the Americas. The focus is on “the three most important indicators of ‘vitality’ for the Catholic Church… the number of Catholics, the number of parishes, and the number of priests.”

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