How ‘The Most Catholic Country in the World’ Left the Church but is Rediscovering Faith

DUBLIN – If there were a symbol of what happened to faith in Ireland, it might be The Church of the Annunciation just outside of Dublin. It used to be one of the largest church buildings in all of Ireland, but it was demolished because so few people attended services.

Ireland was once called “the most Catholic country in the world.” But it has gone from one of the world’s most outwardly religious nations to what some claim is one of the most secular.

Anyone in Ireland over age 50 can remember a nation where almost everyone went to church, but today live in a nation where in some areas, almost no one goes to church.

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