The survey follows the release of official figures last month which showed that a record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019.
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According to the new figures, the number of Catholics in the country fell from 23 million in 2018 to 22.6 million in 2019.
The new study found that although over 80% of Americans will say they believe in God, only a third will actually attend church.
A large majority of potential ordinands have reported frequent Eucharistic Adoration and previous experience as an altar server before entering seminary.
According to the survey, 15% of those who “seldom or never pray” also say they have prayed for an end to the pandemic, and even 36% of those whose religion is “nothing in particular” say they have prayed about the virus.
Research presented at the U.S. bishops' annual assembly in Baltimore shows the motivations and challenges of ‘Catholics in the pews’ as bishops seek to more effectively communicate the Catholic faith.