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(RNS) Pope Francis’ enormous popularity may not have translated into more parishioners in the pews, but it may be convincing Catholics to dig deeper and give more to the poor, according to a new survey.


  1. “so far that has not translated into higher rates of Mass attendance, volunteering at church or going to confession.”

    Best news I’ve heard all day.
    We are one more bad Pope away from watching the whole thing disintegrate.

    As long as Cardinal Law – The Godfather of The Boston Archdiocese Priest Pedophilia Ring – is not in jail and is protected by the Vatican, the Catholic Church will be another term for Organized Crime.

    These Atheist charities (as in non-religious and/or anti-religious) do much better things to help poor people:

    Doctors Without Borders,
    The Foundation Beyond Belief
    Goodwill Industries,
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
    Warren Buffet Foundation,
    Oxfam International,
    Rotary International,
    American Red Cross,
    SEED foundation, United Children’s Fund,
    Sierra Fund, National Campaign to prevent Teen Pregnancy,
    Treatment Action Campaign, Women’s Defense League
    US Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers,
    Plan USA, Tanzanian Children’s Fund
    National Academy of Science,
    The ACLU….etc.