The number of Catholics in the world has risen to 1.196 million, up by 15 million from 2009, reports the Vatican Insider. It added that Catholics have decreased in South American and especially in Europe, while increases were recorded in Africa and South East Asia.
The figures are obtained from the 2012 Papal Yearbook, which also provides a series of figures on bishops, religious, priests and students of the Catholic Church, thereby enabling a concise analysis of major trends concerning the Church and 2,996 ecclesiastical districts of the world.
The figures from the latest Yearbook, presented to the Pope together with the 'Annuarium Statitiscum Ecclesiae', also recorded an increase of 0.77 percent of Catholic bishops in the world and confirms an upward trend in the number of priests that began in 2000. In 2010 there are 412,236 priests, including diocesans and nuns, and in 2009 there were 410,593.
Number of Catholics increases in the world (Vatican Insider)
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