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Chris Stedman says that current fashions like the Holy Trinity Bikini hint at something more profound might be going on. The new surge of interest in Catholicism for young people online has also taken another unexpected turn with a group calling themselves “trad caths” short for “traditional Catholics," says Molly Olmstead.
A young Indian Catholic performs as he walks with others in a procession celebrating Easter Sunday in Kolkata, India. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

Chris Stedman studies the way people are re-imagining religion online. He says that while current fashions like the Holy Trinity Bikini with the words Father and Son on the top and Holy Spirit on the bottom seem to be mocking religion, something more profound might be going on.

Kyle Hide is the co-creator of the Instagram account I NEED GOD IN EVERY MOMENT OF MY LIFE. They say that despite the humorous - though some may say sacrilegious - images, there's a real yearning for new ways to experience religion.

The rosary, the cross, various saints … you can see them all being featured in ad campaigns for jewlery or on clothing these days. Journalist Biz Sherbert looked into why Catholic imagery is so hot right now.

The new surge of interest in Catholicism for young people online has also taken another unexpected turn with a group calling themselves "trad caths" short for "traditional Catholics." They are new converts, or reverts to an older style of Catholicism, one that the church thought it had put behind it with Vatican II, Molly Olmstead explains.

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