Monday, April 30, 2012

World: The Rise of Catholicism in Africa and de-Christianization of Europe

On March 10th , Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs, presented to Benedict XVI the 2012 editions of the Pontifical Yearbook and the Statistical Yearbook of the Church. The Pontifical Yearbook 2012 shows that Europe continued to de-Christianize in 2010 while in Africa, Catholicism continued to boom. The number of Catholics in the world in 2010 increased to nearly 1,196 million, up from 1,181 million in 2009, for an increase of 15 million faithful (1.3%).

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