Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Number of world's Catholics increases slightly 2010-2011

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Vatican City, May 13 - The number of Catholics
across the globe increased slightly between 2010 and 2011,
rising from 1,196 million to 1,212 million, the Vatican press
office said on Monday.
Figures from the Holy See's 2013 Pontifical Yearbook
presented to Pope Francis said that the 1.5% increase brought
the 2012 percentage of the Catholics to 17.5% of the world's
population.
The growth was only slightly higher than that of the
Earth's population increase at 1.23%.
The number of priests grew 7.5%, largely thanks to a rise
of clergy in Asia and Africa, offsetting the 9% decline in
Europe over the last decade.
The yearbook figures looked at data preceding Pope Francis'
election.

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