Steve Addison talks to Jim Haney on what the research teaches about multiplying movements of disciples and churches.
5 key findings from a report to Catholic Bishops into the faith of young adults in Europe:
- The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation (‘nones’) is as high as 91% in the Czech Republic, 80% in Estonia, and 75% in Sweden. These compare to only 1% in Israel, 17% in Poland, and 25% in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70% and 64% respectively.
- 70% of Czech young adults – and c. 60% of Spanish, Dutch, British, and Belgian ones – ‘never’ attend religious services. Meanwhile, 80% of Czech young adults and c. 70% of Swedish, Danish, Estonian, Dutch, French and Norwegian ones ‘never’ pray.
- Catholics make up 82% of Polish, 71% of Lithuanian, 55% of Slovenian, and 54% of Irish 16-29 year-olds. In France, it is 23%; in the UK, 10%.
- Only 2% of Catholic young adults in Belgium, 3% in Hungary and Austria, 5% in Lithuania, and 6% in Germany say they attend Mass weekly. This contrasts sharply with their peers in Poland (47%), Portugal (27%), the Czech Republic (24%), and Ireland (24%). Weekly Mass attendance is 7% among French, and 17% among British, Catholic young adults.
- Only 26% of French young adults, and 21% British ones, identify as Christians. Only 7% of young adults in the UK identify as Anglicans, compared to 6% as Muslims. In France, 2% identify as Protestants, and 10% as Muslims.
Five facts on religion in India from Pew Research:
- India’s massive population includes not only the vast majority of the world’s Hindus, but also the second-largest group of Muslims within a single country, behind only Indonesia.
- India is a religiously pluralistic and multiethnic democracy – the largest in the world.
- Indians experience “high” levels of government restrictions on religion.
- India has high levels of religion-related social hostilities.
- Most Indians are concerned about religious tensions, but even larger shares are worried about several other national issues.
India is home to 1.4 billion people – almost one-sixth of the world’s population.
According to Pew Research, by 2050, India’s Muslim population will grow to 311 million, making it the largest Muslim population in the world.
Persians in Los Angeles, Punjabi Sikhs in Queens, Moroccan Jews in Toronto. Global Gates has produced a list of least-evangelized people in North America.
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