The Pope comes to the U.S. at a time when the Catholic Church is losing membership in the U.S., it’s growing in the West. In fact, the fastest-growing diocese in the West is Fresno, where the Catholic population has more than doubled in the last ten years to 1.2 million. And more than 1,600 parochial schools have closed or consolidated in just the last decade. So what is the future of Catholic education? Next, football season has started, and the baseball playoffs are just a couple of weeks away; we check in on sports news. And ten years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert’s life changed almost overnight when her book Eat Pray Love came out. It turned Gilbert into a literary celebrity. Now, she’s written a guide to living a creative, fulfilling life. Finally, Forbes magazine named Silver Lake the country’s ‘best hipster neighborhood’ three years ago, but the food scene in Silver Lake is only just starting to reach critical mass.
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On the East Coast, the Catholic Church is closing or merging parishes and shrinking the number of Catholic schools. But here in the West, the Catholic Church is growing—in part because more than a third of the registered Catholics in the U.S. are Hispanic. In fact, the fastest-growing diocese in the West is Fresno, where the Catholic population has more than doubled in the last ten years to 1.2 million.
Monsignor Ray Dreiling, Vicar General of the Diocese of Fresno.
Catholic education in the U.S. is on the decline. Enrollment at parochial schools peaked in the early 1960s, with more than five million students across the nation. But according to a recent report, there are less than two million students in Catholic schools these days. More than 1,600 parochial schools have closed or consolidated in just the last decade. So what is the future of Catholic education?
Pat Lofton, Executive Vice President of the National Catholic Educational Association.
Ten years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert’s life changed almost overnight when her book Eat Pray Love came out. Gilbert’s bestselling memoir about her post-divorce travels to Italy, India and Indonesia sold more than 10 million copies. It’s been translated into 30 languages and was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. It turned Gilbert into a literary celebrity. And suddenly, a lot of people were asking her for advice. So now, she’s written a guide to living a creative, fulfilling life.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Author/ novelist
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