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Increasingly multi-cultural parishes

· Study published on behalf of the U.S. bishops ·

Parish communities in the United States are increasingly more multi-cultural. This is the latest analysis in a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) of Georgetown University, on behalf of the Catholic episcopate. The study reveals that more than one-third of parish communities are made up of faithful of various ethnicities and races. In addition masses are regularly celebrated in various languages other than Latin and English. According to CARA, there are about 6,700 parish communities in the country which can be considered multi-cultural, many of which are located in both the northern and southern parts of the country. These also include small communities located in problematic areas, such as “home missions” located in deserts and or near glaciers. The areas often have only one priest. Furthermore, three out of ten parishes in the United States celebrate at least one mass per week in another language and 81 percent of the masses celebrated in a language other than English are in Spanish.

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