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By John Burger, Aleteia, 02/01/21

Pew finds that COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns, economic ills and limited church services have not weakened religion in U.S.

In spite of severe restrictions on attending church services, the religious faith of Americans has grown stronger during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Pew Research Center survey conducted last summer shows that more Americans than people in other economically developed countries say the COVID-19 outbreak has strengthened their faith and the faith of other Americans.

Among 14 countries surveyed, the U.S. has by far the highest share of respondents who say their faith has strengthened because of the pandemic.

“Nearly three-in-ten Americans (28%) report stronger personal faith because of the pandemic, and the same share think the religious faith of Americans overall has strengthened,” Pew said in its report, released January 27. 

Far smaller shares in other parts of the world say religious faith has been affected by the coronavirus, Pew reports. These findings align with the religiosity of those societies.   …

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