Vatican statistics show Catholic numbers have grown by 16 million

The Vatican’s Statistical Yearbook shows that there has been a steady growth in the number of Catholics in every continent except for Europe.

At the end of 2019, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.34 billion or about 17.7% of the world’s population.

This marked an increase of 16 million Catholics or 1.12% increase compared to 2018 while the world’s population grew by 1.08%.

The Vatican regularly brings out a Statistical Yearbook of the Church, the latest showing church figures as of Dec. 31, 2019.

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