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Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with Mauritania

December 9, 2016. The Vatican will establish diplomatic relations with Mauritania. This African country is an Islamic Republic extremely hostile towards Christians.
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Vatican launches new website for the Protection of Minors from sex abuse

December 6, 2016. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has launched a website to provide the public with information about their mission: "the effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development.”
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These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.

Church Statistics: Catholic population growing in Africa and Asia

2013-05-18

In Africa and Asia the Catholic population is  proportionally growing double the rate when compared to the general population growth. It's not the same in Europe and Latin America though. There, the Catholic rate has not grown. Rather, it's proportional to the population. 

The decline in some areas and growth in others has leveled numbers off. In 2011, about 16% of Catholics lived in Africa. 48.8% in the Americas, 10.9% is Asia, 23.5% in Europe and about 0.8% in Australia. 

The number of Catholics in Africa has grown by 4.3% and about 2% in Asia. In Europe and America the number of Catholics has remained steady. 

The number of priests has also increased. The last ten years shows a 2.1% increase. In 2012 marked a total of 413, 418 priests. In the last decade the number of priests increased about 39.5% in Africa and about 32% in Asia. The rate in the Americas has kept steady and in Europe the rate has decreased 9%. 

However, the number of permanent deacons in Europe and the Americas has grown 40%. 

The year 2012 shows that the number of seminarians grew 7.5% in the last decade. 

As far as women religious, statistics show there's been a ten percent decrease in the last decade.  But on the other hand the number of female religious has grown 28% in Africa and 18% in Asia. There are a total of 713,000 female religious and 33% of them are in those two continents. 


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