The world Catholic population is growing: a quantitative analysis

Since 2010 the Catholic population has grown by 9.8%;
In Africa the growth rate is 26.1%, it is the highest in the world;
From 2010 to date, the number of bishops has increased by 5.6%, from 5,104 to 5,389 units;

The number of permanent deacons is increasing, with an increase of 1.3% compared to 2016;
The number of lay missionaries has increased by 6.1% compared to the data recorded in 2010;
Finally, the catechists constitute the numerically most significant reality, with a consistency of over 3.12 million units.

Source: L'Osservatore Romano


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