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Gallup poll: More than half of Americans rarely go to church

United States RNS The most popular church in America might be St Mattress, followed by Bedside Baptist.  Those two – euphemisms for sleeping in on Sundays – increasingly describe the attitude of many Americans toward attending churches or other houses of worship. Mark Galli kneels in prayer before Mass at St Michael Catholic Church, on […]

Synod on Synodality finds its voice after Pope Francis enforces silence

An individual takes a photo of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Monday, 9th October, 2023

Vatican CityRNS The first rule of the Synod on Synodality: Don’t talk about the Synod on Synodality. The long-awaited monthlong summit of Catholic cardinals, bishops, priests and laypeople called by Pope Francis to address the biggest challenges facing the church has been wrapped in a veil of silence or – as the Pope calls his […]

Are US white evangelical pastors at odds with their congregants? A new study says no

Clergy Perceptions of Their Political Views Relative to Most People in their Congregations Graphic via Cambridge University Press

United StatesRNS Over the past two years, a group of influential evangelical leaders broke away from their churches or denominations, mostly over their congregations’ solid support for former President Donald Trump and, more generally, conservative politics and messaging. The moves, by such people as theologian Russell Moore and Bible study teacher Beth Moore, most prominently, […]

Pope visit to Mongolia will thrill tiny Catholic community, cardinal says

Cardinal Giorgio Marengo greets friends and family members after being elevated to the rank of cardinal at the Vatican, on 27th August, 2022.

Vatican CityReuters The head of one of the world’s smallest national Catholic communities – Mongolia with 1,450 members – said on Monday that Pope Francis’ visit there will show how far it has come since locals watched “these funny foreigners praying”. Cardinal Giorgio Marengo, an Italian who administers the Church in the vast country that […]

Vatican and Vietnam to take major step forward in relations

Pilgrims from Vietnam hold a statue of Our Lady during a Marian vigil prayer led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, on 8th October, 2016. PICTURE: Reuters/Tony Gentile/File photo

Vatican City/Hanoi, Vietnam Reuters The Vatican and Vietnam are due to take a major step towards improving their long strained relations by finalising a deal in which Hanoi will allow the Holy See to have a resident representative in the communist-run country, sources say. The deal will likely be announced during a visit to the […]

Among US Latinos, Catholicism still largest faith – poll

Parishioners attend Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in the Queens borough of New York on Sunday, on 8th May, 2022

New York, USAP Catholics remain the largest religious group among Latinos in the United States, but the number of Latinos who identify as religiously unaffiliated continues to grow. Those are among the key findings in a comprehensive report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center that surveyed 7,647 US adults from 1st to 14th August […]

Pope hopes Northern Ireland accord can be “consolidated” to benefit all Ireland

Pope Francis delivers a blessing during the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Monday, 10th April, 2023.

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis said on Monday he was praying that the Good Friday Agreement signed 25 years ago that largely ended violence in Northern Ireland can be “consolidated” to benefit the people of all of Ireland. Francis made the comment about the 1998 agreement, which has come under strain following Britain’s exit from […]