» 04/23/2014, 00.00
Korea’s Catholic Church continues to grow: faithful now 10.4% of the population
The Bishops' Conference releases figures for the previous year: faithful now almost 5.5 million, an increase of 1.5% over the previous year. Since 2003, the statistics show a steady growth of the Catholic population.
Number of Catholics in Korea continues to grow
116 thousand more than 2008. Since 1999 there has been an annual increase of 2-3%. In 2008 the number exceeded 5 million. Ordination of priests also increases, around 4913: one for every 1,171 faithful.
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With more than 147,000 newly baptised in 2006 the number of Catholics grows
The bishops’ conference of Korea release statistics about the state of the Church in South Korea. They show that the total number of Catholics is up and now represents almost 10 per cent of the total population but that vocations and Sunday mass attendance are down.
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