'Pope Francis Effect' In United States Minimal, Pew Poll

11/25/2013 06:54 pm ET
AP

Italy's Center for Studies on New Religions reported in November that half of the priests surveyed reported a "significant rise in church attendance" since the election of Pope Francis. The "Francis effect" was lauded worldwide as a real change in religious attendance trends.

However, a recent survey by Pew Research Center refutes those claims, at least in the United States. Despite the Pope's popularity, self-reported levels of Mass attendance have remained virtually unchanged since 2007.

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Furthermore, the percentage of U.S. adults who identify themselves as Catholics has remained extremely stable.

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