Saturday, 28 March 2015
1.253 billion Catholics worldwide
For the Catholic church it does not look so bad in their community. The number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while at the same time there was a decrease in the number of religious men and women. This is evident from the new "Statistical Yearbook of the Catholic Church" which was published this month. According to the yearbook, there were on December 31, 2013 1.253 billion Catholics worldwide. That are 25 million believers or 2% more than in the previous year. Thereby forming Catholics 17.7% of the world population. An estimated 4.8 million Catholics are not counted in the statistics because the exact number of Catholics in countries such as China and North Korea remains unclear.