Lions Bay, B.C. -- While I'm here north of Vancouver taking a bit of time off with friends for a few days, I thought it might be a chance to give you some links that would provide you a sense of how religion in Canada compares with religion in the U.S.
For a broad and general view, click here.
For a considerably more detailed view from the sometimes-reliable Wikipedia, click here. It's interesting to me that roughly the same percentage of the population in both Canada and the U.S. say they are Christian, 77 percent.
A Canadian newspaper last year did a fairly extensive survey about religious affiliation. For the results, click here.
But a recently released national survey shows that the religiously unaffiliated now account for almost one-fourth of the Canadian population. That compares with just under 20 percent of Americans.
My wife and I are here with five other couples, and I don't know if I'm going to have a chance to visit some faith communities in Canada, but now, at least, you've got access to a picture of what's here.
(For the image here today, I selected something that reveals one of Canada's true religions, hockey.)
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P.S.: My latest National Catholic Reporter column is scheduled to be posted by mid-morning today. When it is, you can find it by clicking here.