As of 31 December 2018 it appears that:
- the number of Catholics amounted to 1,328,993,000 people with an overall increase of 15,716,000 people compared to the previous year;
- the total number of Bishops in the world has decreased by 12;
- the total number of priests in the world decreased by 517 compared to the previous year;
- lay missionaries in the world increased by 20,388.
In the field of education and formation, the Church manages worldwide:
- 73,164 nursery schools;
- 103,146 primary schools;
- 49,541 secondary schools.
- It also follows 2,251,600 high school pupils and 3,707,559 university students.