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Between Popular Fervor and Demographic Decline: The Strengths and Challenges of Portugal’s Catholic Church on the Eve of World Youth Day

Colm Flynn Almost everywhere in Lisbon, and among almost everyone, there is enthusiasm about World Youth Day.

While Catholicism in Portugal remains in the substantial majority thanks to strong intrafamily transmission, it also faces the risk of a collapse in religious vocations and a loss of missionary dynamism — which WYD could help to remedy.