The number of Catholics continues to rise despite a lower birth rate
The Korean Church published data concerning its membership a few days ago. CBCK President Peter Kang U-il said he was satisfied. However, he urged “everyone, not only bishops and priests, to do more to assert the truth of the Catholic message.”
Over the past ten years, 980,000 people were baptised, 23 per cent more than in the previous decade.
This year, the number of Catholics rose by 1.7 per cent, lower than the 2 per cent average of the 10-year period. However, this reflects the country’s declining birth rate.
Of the country’s 16 dioceses, the Archdiocese of Seoul is the most populous with 1,417,695 members, followed by the Diocese of Suwon (767,398) and the Archdiocese of Daegu (458,128).
The country’s clergy consists of 4,522 priests and men and women religious, as well as 32 bishops, including a cardinal.