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Italian Mass attendance: a generation gap

August 06, 2010

Regular attendance at Sunday Mass remains high among Italian Catholics, particularly in comparison with their European neighbors. But recent surveys show a steep drop in attendance among younger Italians, suggesting that the overall picture could soon change radically.


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 07, 2010 4:41 PM ET USA

    In all these stories we might remind ourselves that it has always been thus. When I was baptized as a young adult in 1953, pastors used to complain that they saw only gray (and bald) heads in the pews. The young people weren't coming. Young people tend not to go to Church. The older we get, the more we need God. Not that young people shouldn't go to Mass. But the fact that they don't when they're 20 doesn't mean they won't when they're 50. Or 80.