(CNS) A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.
These “nones,” as researchers have called them, are especially found among the millennial generation, generally defined as those who came of age around the year 2000.
A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that the number of people who define themselves as “nones” grew from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2014. Among millennials, the Pew survey showed a sharp decline in the percentage of people who say they’re Catholic, in comparison to older generations. In the three older generations the survey considered, 20-23 percent of adults said they are Catholics, but among millennials, it was 16 percent. [More]