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How Catholic are US Catholics? It’s all in how you measure

More than 81 million U.S. adults identify themselves as Catholic.

But how they live that identity — how they connect to the church beyond celebrating the popular Pope Francis — adds up very differently.

The overall Catholic count plunges to 68.1 million in the 2015 Official Catholic Directory. It tallies up reports from the nation’s parishes of adults — and children — who have attended worship, received sacraments, joined a youth group or donated money.


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October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS