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Catholic numbers hold steady statistics say

VATICAN (CNS): The percentage of Catholics in the world has remained steady, while the number of priests has decreased for the first time in almost a decade, according to the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide Church figures as of 31 December 2017.
 
At the end of 2017, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.3 billion, which continued to be about 17.7 percent of the world’s population, said a statement issued on March 6 by the Vatican press office.
 

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