• Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

    Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

    • Dec 28, 2017

    Fides said 23 people working for the church worldwide — 13 priests, one religious brother, one religious sister and eight lay persons — died violent deaths in 2017; that number was down from 28 people killed in 2016.

  • Latest numbers confirm global south as new Catholic center of gravity

    Latest numbers confirm global south as new Catholic center of gravity

    • Oct 22, 2017

    New Catholic population numbers released in advance of today’s 91st World Mission Day confirm that the southern hemisphere, containing most of the so-called “developing world,” has become the new demographic center of gravity of the Church. Today more than two-thirds of all Catholics live outside the West, and that share is growing all the time.

  • Debunking three myths about anti-Christian violence

    • Jan 4, 2015

    ROME — At the end of every December, the Vatican’s missionary agency Fides puts out a list of Catholic pastoral workers killed in the line of duty during the past year. It’s not a complete index of anti-Christian violence, just clergy and laity murdered while working full-time for the Catholic