Church attendance rises as economy falls

**Irish Institute Reports Resilience of Young Mass-Goers

DUBLIN, Ireland, NOV. 2, 2009 ( More people are going to Church more often during the economic recession, the Iona Institute for Religion and Society reported today.

David Quinn, director of the Dublin-based institute, told ZENIT that these findings confirm the anecdotal evidence from some priests who have been observing increased Mass attendance, as well as greater contributions to Church collections, since the start of the economic crisis.

“Regular Mass-goers are seeing something similar,” he affirmed.

The institute reported today the conclusions of a new poll, which showed that two-thirds of people in Ireland attend church at least monthly. This figure has significantly increased from the 54% of people who reported monthly church attendance last year.

Although the poll did not specifically distinguish between religions, Quinn explained that “because Ireland is overwhelmingly Catholic we can safely assume the great bulk of the increase is being experienced by the Catholic Church.”

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