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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

How many Catholics are there?

2015-04-16

The number of Catholics has increased faster than population growth in recent years. Currently, about 18 percent of the world identifies as Catholic.

Between 2005 and 2013, the Catholic population went from 1.115 billion to 1.254 billion. That's 17.3 percent of the world population to 17.7 percent in just eight years.

Most of the growth comes from Africa, where the number of Catholics went from 153 million to 206 million. The Americas saw nearly 11 percent growth, while there was 17 percent growth in Asia.

The number of priests, currently 415,348, has increased by 2.2 percent. Only North America and Europe saw a decline in priests.

However, the number of seminarians has decreased by two percent, which suggests that the number of priests will also decline in the future.

While 44 percent of Catholics priests are in Europe, only 23 percent of Catholics live there. Less than a third of the world's priests live in the Americas, though half of all Catholics do.

Additionally, the number of nuns has also been reduced from 760,000 in 2005 to 693,000 in 2013.


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