- Jul 9, 2020
The decrease in the number of religious brothers and of women in religious orders is “worrying,” according to the Vatican statistics office.
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 Vatican statistics.
Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest’s key role in the ecological health of the planet, but mostly because he sees pastoral needs there that require special attention.
Vatican statistics once again seem to prove that Africa is emerging as the future axis of Catholicism. Overall, Catholicism grew globally from 1.272 billion in 2014 to 1.285 in 2015, representing almost 18 percent of the human population, but while that growth was dramatic in Africa, Europe did no more than remain stable and it’s expected to drop significantly in coming years.