CNA Staff, Aug 22, 2020 / 03:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Catholic Church in Belgium has reported a significant rise in adult baptisms.
CathoBel, the website of the Catholic Church in Belgium, reported Aug. 20 that 305 adults will be baptized this year, an increase of 61 compared to 2019.
The number of adult baptisms has grown steadily from 143 in 2010, to 180 in 2015, to more than 300 in 2020.
Although the majority of Belgium’s 11.5 million population are baptized Catholics, Sunday Mass attendance is below 7%.
The largest number of adult baptisms will take place this year in the Diocese of Tournai, a primarily French-speaking area in western Belgium. The diocese will baptize 127 adults, compared to 93 in the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels.