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Catholics in Europe: Fighting the Secularist Enemy

Video: Pope Benedict has defined his new papacy as a war against the secularization of Europe, the homeland of the Catholic Church. Dramatic changes have taken place in Catholic Europe. Church attendance has dramatically fallen. Mass attendance fell decades ago in the Netherlands and Germany. But now the Catholic stalwarts of Italy, Spain, Poland, and Ireland have collapsed. Except for Poland, their birth rates are the lowest in Europe. And their seminaries are empty. Religion has become unpopular among the young. What does it all mean?

Date: 06/21/2007

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