Did you know that worldwide there are more than 1.29 billion baptized Catholics? That means the Catholic population is holding steady at about roughly 17.7 percent of the global population. In addition, it estimated that another 4.9 million Catholics live in church jurisdictions with which the Vatican has no “regular exchange of information.” Most of those 146 dioceses, prelatures and prefectures are in mainland China. Is why we pray for vocations, my friends.
(Collecting and compiling these types of figures takes the Vatican more than a year. Information is requested annually from every diocese and church jurisdiction. The volume with statistics noted above, valid as of Dec. 31, 2016, was published this spring 2018.)