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World's Catholic population increases: Vatican


Agence France-Presse
First Posted 04:54:00 02/21/2010

Filed Under: Population

VATICAN CITY--The number of Roman Catholics around the world increased by 1.7 percent in 2008, with 19 million more baptisms recorded, the Vatican said Saturday.

Some 1.166 billion Roman Catholics were baptized last year, compared to just under 1.147 billion in 2007, the Vatican said in its latest edition of the Pontifical Yearbook.

The number of bishops increased by 1.3 percent, and the number of priests also increased slightly, though those from Europe fell in relation to those from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Roman Catholics make up 17.4 percent of the world's total population of 6.7 billion, the Vatican said.



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