An overwhelming majority of self-identified Catholics in the United States still believe in God and pray regularly, a new study has revealed. Conducted by the US-based CARA group, and building on the same study carried out in 2008, the study found that 96% of Catholics believe in God, which includes 74% who do so without doubt. Covering numerous areas of faith and practice, CARA’s research further revealed that in the eight years since 2008, there has been no change in Mass attendance figures. Of those polled, 40% stated they pray at least once a day, 19% once a week, 17% once a month. One interesting finding was an increase in the numbers of children baptised after their first birthday, with 23% of those born in 1982 or after being baptised this way, as against just 13% of those born before 1943. CARA states that the reasons behind this shift “remain an open question” at this point.