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The number of seminarians has declined since 2012, but overall the Catholic population has remained steady

Official data also show which immigrant groups are most likely to attend Sunday Mass

The total number of Catholics is growing on every continent except Europe

The Anglicans have detailed statistics on what they’re up against. Maybe Catholics should do the same

A new study claims faith schools hold countries back. The detail reveals a very different picture

A clear statistical picture is a key part of Christian mission

Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising

The Church has the highest retention rate of any denomination, but the lowest rate of conversions

The new figures have been revealed in the 2016 Vatican yearbook

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012