Agence France-PresseMarch 10, 2013 07:00
The Catholic Church has around 1.2 billion members around the world, a million men and women of the clergy and around 3,000 ecclesiastical divisions, according to the latest figures from the Vatican.
The increase in baptisms from 2009 to 2010 was particularly high in Africa with a rise of 6.14 million, followed by the Americas with 3.99 million and Europe with 894,000 more Catholics.
The number of Catholics per priest has increased to 2,900, also indicating a decline in vocations.
The only decrease in that proportion was in Asia.