Vatican    STATISTICS SHOW CATHOLIC POPULATION GROWING LESS THAN OTHERS
Data that the Holy See has just published in its Statistical Yearbook for 1997 reveal that while the number of Catholics has grown by a third in the past twenty years, the number of Catholics as a percentage of the world population Catholics in the world population has declined.
    The number of baptised Catholics has gone from 757 million to more than a billion (exactly 1,005,254). But the demographic growth of the planet has maintained a higher rate. In 1978, Catholics comprised 17.99% of the population. The present figure is 17.27%.
    The number of priests has decreased by 3.98% to 404,000. However the priest population in Africa and Asia has increased by 49.35% and 46.00% respectively. The number of women religious has decreased by 17%, from 991,000 to 819,000. The figure for men declined from 234,000 to 198,000.
    While most of the figures indicate significant decline, there was a surprisingly high 69.87% increase in the number of seminarians, from 63,882 to 108,517. However, a 238.5% increase in the seminarian population in Africa largely accounts for the figure, even though Europe has experienced a more modest (16.47%) growth in the number of seminarians.
   
    Zenit 12:31pm 7/6/99
 
         


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