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Catholic faith wavering among young adults

Avowedly Catholic 18-29-yr-olds down 14% since 2004

19 April, 17:46
Catholic faith wavering among young adults (ANSA) - Vatican City, April 19 - The Catholic faith is wavering among Italian adults between the ages of 18 and 29, according to a poll to be published in the country's biggest-selling Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana.

Among the 1,000 people polled by the Iaard research institute in March, only 52.8% avowed they were Catholics, a 14% drop on a similar survey carried out in 2004.

However, those who thought religion "important" in their lives fell a mere 3% while those who considered it "very important" actually rose, by 1.8%.

Faith in the Catholic Church has been shaken, the poll found, with only 39% of practising Catholics saying the Church had their confidence.

Famiglia Cristiana said the new poll confirmed a growing trend towards 'do-it-yourself' religious beliefs and a "polarisation" between steadfast believers, who cleave ever faster to their faith, and long-time skeptics or recently disillusioned Catholics, who "show an ever greater distance from the Church or even a marked hostility towards Rome".

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