The impact of the Jubilee of Mercy on the Church in Italy

 

The latest edition of the Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana publishes some statistics showing the impact of the Jubilee of Mercy on the prayer-lives of Italian Catholics. A survey by Istituto Demopolis reveals that 20% of Catholics have been going to Sunday Mass more frequently during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. 18% of respondents say they went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often than before. A quarter say that the Jubilee stimulated them to pray more. And 8 out of 10 say they have performed an act of charity, solidarity or welcoming because of the Jubilee of Mercy.


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Infographic drawn up using statistics from Famiglia Cristiana


The survey, which included practicing and non-practicing Catholics, records the effects of the Jubilee on interpersonal relations: 56% respondents say they have forgiven a family member (daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law, spouses, parents and children). 31% say they have been reconciled with a friend, and 19% that they have forgiven a colleague.


gestos-de-perdon Infographic drawn up using statistics from Famiglia Cristiana


The 1,500 respondents also expressed their ideas of the “main value” of the Holy Year. 7 out of 10 agreed that it has focused many people’s attention on those who are excluded, the poor, and those who are suffering. 60% say that it has placed a culture of mercy and forgiveness in the media spotlight. And 43% say that the Jubilee has widened the path of dialogue with other religions.


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Infographic drawn up using statistics from Famiglia Cristiana


 By Rodrigo Ayude

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