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Number of religious priests rises, but number of female religious falls

The number of religious men who are not priests, has also increased. ; In 2010 there were 54,665, which accounts for 436 more than in 2009.Among female religious, the situation is different. The number continues to fall, but the decline isn?t as dramatic as in past years. The latests statistics state that there are almost 722,000 consecrated women. In 2009, there were 729, 371. OFL/KLH ;RRGDP- PR