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US bishops' spring assembly opens with rapid start to communications

A few hours before the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly opened Wednesday in St. Louis, the meeting already had begun.

Tweets were trickling out from bishops, media and observers using the hashtag #usccb15. Among their first items to share: a link to the live stream of the proceedings, bishops making their presence known and media types encouraging followers to watch their live coverage.

Most Americans look so kindly on churches, they might even go sometime

Many Americans today don't think they have a place for church in their lives.

"But they believe the church has a place for them, when or if they are interested," said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, which issued a new survey Wednesday on perceptions of religious denominations.

The findings show that as many as 45 percent of Americans will look at the church brand on the sign out front -- Catholic or Baptist or Methodist or whatever -- and drive past, thinking it is "not for me."

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