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The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

German exodus: Half a million Catholics abandon Church in historic departure

Jun 28, 2023

By AC Wimmer

With the highest number of departures ever recorded, several German bishops have expressed dismay over the figures. Read more


Gallup poll: Church attendance sees slight uptick; still below pre-pandemic levels

Jun 28, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Gallup surveyed more than 1,000 Americans in May, asking if they had attended church, synagogue, mosque, or temple within the... Read more


In-person Mass attendance dips following pandemic, study suggests

Mar 30, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A quarter of all Catholics say they now attend Mass less often than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke offers Mass in Rome at his titular church, the Holy Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Parish, on Feb. 5, 2023.

Nigeria’s newest cardinal shares secret behind the highest Mass attendance in the world

Feb 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke said Nigerian society as a whole has “a traditional worldview” that recognizes the presence of God... 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

A post-plenary press conference at the London headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Nov. 19, 2021.

English and Welsh bishops urge Catholics to renew commitment to Sunday Mass

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

But they acknowledged that the pandemic still posed obstacles to regular church attendance. Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

After state order, Las Cruces diocese lets priests set Mass attendance limits

Apr 26, 2021

After the governor of New Mexico allowed churches to re-open at 100% capacity, priests in the Diocese of Las Cruces... Read more

Catholic bishops urge parishes in England and Wales to reach out to ‘COVID curious’

Apr 23, 2021

The bishops say that a new group of people has discovered the Church via the internet amid the pandemic. Read more

Mass at Poznań Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in Poland, on Jan 1, 2012.

Catholic Church in Poland records 1.3% fall in Sunday Mass attendance in 2019

Dec 11, 2020

The number of people attending Sunday Mass in Poland fell by 1.3% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according... Read more

Will Catholics return to Mass after the pandemic? Many want to go more often

Sep 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the way many Catholics think about their faith, a new study has found, and just... Read more