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Catholics up seminarians down

 

VATICAN (SE): While the worldwide Catholic population has risen minimally over the past few years, standing at 1.285 billion at the end of 2015, the number of major seminarians has been declining for four consecutive years. Statistics released by the Vatican on April 6 show the number of seminarians rose from 63,882 in 1978 to 110,553 in 2000, peaking at 120,616 in 2011—an increase of 89 per cent during the 33 years of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

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Catholic population grows faster than Mass attendance

HONG KONG (SE): The number of Catholics in Hong Kong has passed the 590,000 mark, an increase of some 5,000 over 2015, the latest statistics released by the Hong Kong Catholic Church Directory 2017 published in January this year indicate.

The latest calculation by the diocese shows that as at August 2016, there were around 591,000 Catholics in Hong Kong. Among them 389,000 local residents are listed.

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Catholic demographics in China prompt new questions

HONG KONG (SE): In the 1980s and 1990s the Church in China had arguably the fastest growing membership on any country in the world, outstripping on a percentage basis even the monumental growth being experienced on the African continent.

However, Anthony Lam Sui-ki, from the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, says that this growth has plateaued in recent years and that the now, the Church is struggling to replace its natural attrition, apart from leakage to various sects and quasi-religious groups.

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It is not all about numbers but…

VATICAN (SE): The nine years from 2005 to 2014 have seen an incremental rise in Catholic population and in the percentage it forms of the global population.

The number of Catholics increased from 1.115 billion to 1.272 billion, taking them to 17.8 per cent of the world population, up from 17.3 per cent.

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