Parish roundup: Changing demographics bring enthusiasm instead of formal faith

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A pattern emerging across urban America: Ethnic Catholic neighborhoods are changing, with the newcomers often younger and less-tied to old traditions. They bring gentrification, excitement and energy, but not much in the way of formal faith experience. Read how the church is responding to one such neighborhood, this one in Minneapolis.

A Los Angeles workshop promotes the art of chant in sacred music.

In Buffalo, lay Catholics respond to the sex abuse crisis by asserting leadership in their parish.

Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond, Virginia, orders that church buildings can no longer be named for church officials. That honor is to be reserved for canonized saints.

Parishioners from the suburbs south of Chicago work together on a Habitat for Humanity project.

A parish in Maine receives a Matthew 25 Award for its outreach to the poor.

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