Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Vatican: Irish Catholics down to 47% from 69% in 2005


(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 10 - The number of Catholics
in Ireland is on the wane, the Vatican newspaper Osservatore
Romano reported Friday.
Some 47% of Irish define themselves as Catholic, against
69% in 2005, according to the results of a recent survey.
Ireland is also one of the 10 countries with the highest
concentration of atheists.
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin
said the drop should spur the Irish Church to "take up the
challenge of renewal" and begin a new process of evangelization
by participating in the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict
XVI to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican
Council starting this autumn.
The Catholic Church in Ireland is trying to make a new
start in the wake of child sex-abuse scandals involving priests,
which led the Pope to order inspections in all dioceses and
religious institutes.

photo: Ireland's bishops at the Vatican

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