Africa experiencing widespread Catholic growth
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/29/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
According to the Pontifical Yearbook, the African continent is currently witnessing the greatest growth of Catholicism. There is a downside, some say - this could explain fresh outbreaks of violence against Christians and Catholics by Islamic extremist groups. Africa is undoubtedly the continent where growth is most notable. The rate at which the number of Africa's Catholics -- almost 199 million in 2012 has risen, is almost double that of Asia and higher than the population growth rate in that same period of time.
Catholicism in Africa is stronger, as the number of African Catholics has risen from 13, eight percent in 2005 to 16, two percent of the total number of the world's Catholics in 2012.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The balance between continents has also changed hugely. Catholicism in Africa is stronger, as the number of African Catholics has risen from 13, eight percent in 2005 to 16, two percent of the total number of the world's Catholics in 2012. Sadly, Europe's Catholics, however, continue to drop in number: from 25, five percent in 2005 their number has fallen to 23, three percent in 2012.
Along with Africa, Asian Catholics are also becoming prevalent. Asia accounts for over 60 percent of the world population and Asian Catholics account for about 11 percent of the population. Forty-nine percent of the world's baptized Catholic population is American, which is a relative majority. The number of Catholics per a hundred inhabitants in Oceania is stable, accounting for 0, eight percent of the global catholic population.
These figures are from this year's Pontifical Yearbook. The journal has published the figures relating to the life of the Catholic Church around the world, in the first year of Francis' pontificate. Asia ranks first in terms of the rise in seminarian numbers.
The yearbook has published all figures relating to Church life around the world. Published annually, the yearbook gathers data from the Holy See's central offices.
This year's figures are of particular interest as they refer to the first year of Francis' pontificate. Elected Pope on March 13, 2013, the figures relating to the "official" life of the Church - the legal-institutional aspect, include the period that runs from March last year to 22 February 2014. Two new episcopal sees, an eparchy, an apostolic exarchate and an archiepiscopal exarchate were established in this period and a territorial prelature was elevated to the status of diocese.
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