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Survey: New priests are young and involved in their community 

Apr 16, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The survey found that half of the graduating 2024 seminarians, “ordinands,” will be ordained at 31 years or younger —... Read more

Members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia enjoying a performance of The Hillbilly Thomists at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Aug. 1, 2022.

Catholic by the numbers: New religious brothers and sisters have a lot in common

Jan 25, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

A new survey report polled 48 religious brothers and priests and 53 religious sisters in the U.S. who professed perpetual... Read more

The Eucharistic procession ended in the Vatican’s Lourdes Grotto.

New study shows that now almost two-thirds of US Catholics believe in Real Presence 

Sep 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

As the U.S. Church continues its Eucharistic revival, a CARA study suggests there is positive movement when it comes to... Read more


Survey of new priests: Most pray rosary, go to eucharistic adoration, parents stayed married

Apr 26, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A survey of 450 priests-to-be shows that the overwhelming majority were raised Catholic in intact families and showed habits of... Read more

Pope Francis at his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square June 26, 2019.

By the numbers: How the Catholic Church has changed during Pope Francis’ pontificate

Mar 13, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis was elected to the papacy 10 years ago, on March 13, 2013. How has the worldwide Catholic Church... Read more


Decline in vocations to the priesthood is worse where priests serve larger flocks, report says

Mar 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The study found that there are fewer new vocations in large dioceses where priests do not have a chance to... Read more

A group of school girls receiving the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria, on May 30, 2022.

Where is Mass attendance highest? One country is the clear leader

Jan 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A compilation of new data by researchers at Georgetown University sheds light on the countries around the world that have... Read more

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Election Day 2022: Here’s what we know about Catholic voters

Nov 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics are heading to the polls Tuesday along with the rest of the electorate to decide who will fill all... Read more

Aug. 17, 2017 - A volunteer at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas helps a Central American refugee family

US parishes must better serve hidden migrant communities, bishops hear

Jun 18, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Many parishes in the United States are unaware of the immigrant, refugee, and itinerant communities within their boundaries, the chair... Read more

New Catholic priests voice satisfaction in priestly life, but minority report 'troubling' adversity

Nov 24, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A survey of recently ordained Catholic priests reports that the great majority find great satisfaction in their work celebrating sacraments... Read more

New priests are clothed with chasubles during their ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Encouragement a strong factor in priesthood discernment, study finds

Apr 21, 2018

A strong majority of the 430 men who are about to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the United... Read more

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Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

Jan 17, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early... Read more

A Mass of diaconal ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

What can we learn from the newest priests? Encourage vocations

May 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Members of the newest priestly ordination class in the United States were closely connected to the Church growing up through... Read more

Who will win the Catholic vote this week? It's hard to predict.

Nov 6, 2016

By Matt Hadro

A new poll released Friday shows Donald Trump winning the Catholic vote by 16 points – but is it an... Read more

Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says... Read more