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The Church Worldwide

(Changes from 2000 to 2005)

REGION20002005DIFFERENCE

Africa
Catholic population 130,018,000 153,470,000 +18%
Priests, diocesan and religious 27,165 32,370 +19%
Graduate-level seminarians 9,876 10,847 +10%
North America (excluding Mexico)
Catholic population 76,815,000 80,917,000 +5%
Priests, diocesan and religious 58,129 53,987 -7%
Graduate-level seminarians 3,077 3,280 +7%
Central America (including Mexico and Caribbean)
Catholic population 145,121,000 155,223,000 +7%
Priests, diocesan and religious 20,707 22,202 +7%
Graduate-level seminarians 4,504 4,643 +3%
South America
Catholic population 297,455,000 319,444,000 +7%
Priests, diocesan and religious 42,005 44,806 +7%
Graduate-level seminarians 8,838 10,454 +18%
Asia
Catholic population 107,302,000 116,572,000 +9%
Priests, diocesan and religious 43,566 50,053 +15%
Graduate-level seminarians 12,095 14,752 +22%
Europe
Catholic population 280,144,000 280,642,000 +0.2%
Priests, diocesan and religious 208,657198,279 -5%
Graduate-level seminarians 16,683 14,106 -15%
Oceania
Catholic population 8,202,000 8,698,000 +6%
Priests, diocesan and religious 4,947 4,714 -5%
Graduate-level seminarians 480 456 -5%
Worldwide
Catholic population 1,045,057,000 1,114,966,000 +7%
Priests, diocesan and religious 405,178 406,411 +0.3%
Graduate-level seminarians 55,986 58,538 +5%

Source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church, 2005*


Workforce for the Apostolate

As of December 31, 2005

CategoryWorldwideUSAUS % of Total

Bishops 4,841 438 9%
Priests, diocesan and religious 406,411 45,292 11%
Permanent Deacons33,391 14,717 44%
Religious Brothers 54,708 5,370 10%
Religious sisters 760,529 67,112 9%
Catechists 2,974,703 412,730 14%
Total Catholics 1,114,966,000 66,893,000 6%

Source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church, 2005*


U.S. Data on Catholics


  1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2007

Diocesan priests 35,925 36,005 35,052 32,349 28,702 27,971
Religious priests 22,707 22,904 22,265 16,705 14,137 13,478
Total priests 58,632 58,909 57,317 49,054 42,839 41,449
Priestly ordinations 994 771 533 511 454 456
Graduate-level seminarians 8,325 5,279 4,063 3,172 3,308 3,274
Permanent deacons -- 898 7,204 10,932 14,574 15,409
Religious brothers 12,271 8,625 7,544 6,535 5,451 5,015
Religious sisters 179,954 135,225 115,386 90,809 68,634 63,699
Parishes 17,637 18,515 19,244 19,331 18,891 18,634
Parishes without a resident priest pastor 549 702 1,051 2,161 3,251 3,238
Catholic population 45.6m 48.7m 52.3m 57.4m 64.8m 64.4m
Percent of U.S. population that is Catholic 24% 23% 23% 23% 23% 22%

Sources: The Official Catholic Directory, CARA Catholic Ministry Formation Directory*


*as summarized on the USCCB website