Survey Finds Fervor Among Young French Catholics


LUKE COPPEN [1]May 26, 2023 . 5:04 PM 4 min read
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Young French Catholics bound for World Youth Day this August are marked by their fervor and willingness to go against the current, a new survey has found.

The survey [7], published by the Catholic weekly La Croix, offered insights into the thinking of the more than 30,000 youngsters expected to travel from France to Lisbon for the Aug. 1-6 event.

Researchers said that 75% of those surveyed said they attended Mass at least once a week, and 24% several times a week.
Previous studies have found that just 7% [8] of all young baptized Catholics in France attend Mass weekly, meaning that World Youth Day pilgrims stand out among their peers.

Asked why they attended Mass, 47% said they were seeking “a moment of intimate encounter with Jesus and spiritual renewal,” and 24% were attracted by “the celebration of a sacred mystery.”

Sociologist Yann Raison du Cleuziou told [9] La Croix that the figures showed that “the Mass occupies a central place in their spiritual experience and therefore in their identity.”

He suggested that they were drawn more by a desire for a personal encounter with God than to take part in a collective celebration, as in previous generations.

The survey also found that pilgrims were open to the Mass celebrated according to the 1962 Missal, also known as the “Traditional Latin Mass.” France is considered to be one of the world’s leading centers of Catholic traditionalism.

June 3, 2023 [10] Catholic News Agency [11] News Briefs [12]
London, England, Jun 3, 2023 / 07:00 am (CNA).
The Catholic Church in Scotland, pro-life organizations, and disability rights campaigners have expressed dismay after statistics released by Public Health Scotland on June 1 revealed that the number of abortions recorded in Scotland in 2022 was the highest number ever on record.

The national statistics on abortion revealed an increase of 2,659 abortions — equal to 19.08% — in one year, with the number of abortions increasing from 13,937 in 2021 to 16,596 in 2022.

The statistics also revealed that there has been an 84% increase in the number of abortions where a baby has Down syndrome, from 32 in 2021 to 59 in 2022.

These latest statistics come following a commitment from Scotland’s new first minister, Humza Yousaf, to decriminalize abortion in Scotland, which campaigners warn will mean the availability of abortion on demand.

The Chartres pilgrims are truly ‘guardians of tradition,’ with their unwavering attachment to the traditional Mass, centered on Christ and His bloodless sacrifice that redeems us.

(LifeSiteNews) — Now in its 41st year, the 2023 “Pentecost Pilgrimage” from Paris to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres, a place where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been venerated for over a thousand years, attracted record numbers of pilgrims and – importantly for the 16,000 walkers – enjoyed glorious weather, softened by cool nights and a soothing breeze.

The organizers of the Pèlerinage de Chrétienté had never seen anything like it, so much so that registrations had to be closed a week before May 27, when the thousands of pilgrims set off in the early hours of the morning from the church of Saint-Sulpice. It was undoubtedly this fact that attracted TF1, BFM, Le Monde, and so many other mainstream media outlets. What’s even more astonishing is that this record-breaking media coverage turned out to be respectful, and indeed gracious. That was in itself a miracle.

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