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Merry Christmas! A liturgical logic puzzle as a gift from me to you

I made this puzzle on a whim to stump my son (so far, it’s working). Use the clues to solve this logic puzzle. No cheating by using information you just happen to know! (There is a downloadable version you can open with a word processor and edit at the bottom.)

There are five churches right in a row from East to West on a little street in Maintown, USA…

CARA Begins Surveying Parishes Regarding Outreach to People With Disabilities

“Asking Catholic parishes and dioceses across the United States what they are doing to reach out, include and serve individuals with developmental differences is a practical way to respond to the call by Pope Francis that we pay attention to people who are marginalized in society.”

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The Church Pope Francis Will Encounter

The face of the Church is changing. Rapidly.


Is There a “Francis Effect”? A Caution

To know for sure whether there is a “Francis Effect,” we would have to know something we never will – namely, what the numbers would like like if Francis were not pope.

The State of the US Church at Papal Visits – Statistics from CARA

63% of adult Catholics attended Mass at least once a month in 1979, but by 2014 this had declined to 46%.

Greater Church Involvement in a Smaller German Church?

More of the faithful left the church last year than most ever. At the same time, worship services are now better attended.

A Note on CARA’s Interpretation of Data

Mark Gray of CARA has questioned the gloomy interpretations often given about the declines in organized religion in the U.S.

Christian Smith: The situation with US Catholic youth actually is grim

How to respond??

RNS and CARA: Catholic Growth and Decline

Global Catholic population has grown 57% since 1980, but the number of priests has declined 17%.

Converting Parents and Raising Children to Go to Church

“If I told my kids that bathing was a choice and that they were free to decide whether or not they wanted to bathe or brush their teeth… my kids would opt out of the practice and ritual of good hygiene. Gross, I know. But true.”