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The Catholic Church is " the Catholic Communion of Churches, both Roman and Eastern, or Oriental, that are in full communion with the Bishop of Rome (the pope)." [2] The Church is also known as the People of God, the Body of Christ, the "Temple of the Holy Spirit", among other names. [3] According to Vatican II's Gaudium et spes , the "church has but one sole purpose -- that the kingdom of God may come and the salvation of the human race may be accomplished." [4] [5]

Catholic Church Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2017. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, an enclave within the city of Rome in Italy.

Full communion is a communion or relationship of full understanding among different Christian denominations that share certain essential principles of Christian theology. Views vary among denominations on exactly what constitutes full communion, but typically when two or more denominations are in full communion it enables services and celebrations, such as the Eucharist, to be shared among congregants or clergy of any of them with the full approval of each.

People of God is a description in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible that applies to the Israelites and that in the New Testament applies to Christians. Within the Catholic Church, it has been given greater prominence because of its employment in documents of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965).


This Communion of Churches comprises the Latin Church (or the Roman or Western Church) as well as 23 Eastern Catholic Churches, canonically called sui juris churches, each led by either a Patriarch or a Major Archbishop in full communion with the Holy See. Historically, these bodies separated from Eastern Christian communions, either to remain in or to return to full communion of the Catholic Church. Vatican II decree on Eastern Catholic Churches, however, explicitly recognizes Eastern Catholic communities as "true Churches" and not just rites within the Catholic Church. [6] This Communion of Churches "exists among and between the individual Churches and dioceses of the universal Catholic Church. Its structural expression is the College of Bishops, each of whom represents and embodies his own local church." [7]

Latin Church Automonous particular church making up of most of the Western world Catholics

The Latin Church, also known as the Western Church or the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest particular church sui iuris of the Catholic Church, employing the Latin liturgical rites. It is one of 24 such churches, the 23 others forming the Eastern Catholic Churches. It is headed by the bishop of Rome, the pope – traditionally also called the Patriarch of the West – with cathedra in this role at the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome, Italy. The Latin Church traces its history to the earliest days of Christianity through its direct leadership under the Holy See, founded by Peter and Paul, according to Catholic tradition.

Eastern Catholic Churches Autonomous, self-governing particular Churches in full communion with the Pope

The Eastern Catholic Churches or Oriental Catholic Churches, also called the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches, and in some historical cases Uniate Churches, are twenty-three Eastern Christian particular churches sui iuris in full communion with the Pope in Rome, as part of the worldwide Catholic Church. Headed by patriarchs, metropolitans, and major archbishops, the Eastern Catholic Churches are governed in accordance with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, although each church also has its own canons and laws on top of this, and the preservation of their own traditions is explicitly encouraged. The total membership of the various churches accounts for about 18 million, according to the Annuario Pontificio, thus making up about 1.5 percent of the Catholic Church, with the rest of its more than 1.3 billion members belonging to the Latin Church, also known as the Western Church or the Roman Catholic Church.

Patriarch ecclesiastical title

The highest-ranking bishops in Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Catholic Church, and the Church of the East are termed patriarchs.

Four Latin Church archbishops are also called Patriarchs. This is only titular but gives them precedence in papal milieu. In the case of the Patriarch of Venice, he may wear the red vestments of a Cardinal. Archbishops and bishops administer individual dioceses as successors of the twelve apostles. They are responsible for the ordination, appointment, and supervision of parish priests and the oversight of all church affairs within their diocese except the internal affairs of religious orders of pontifical right. If the responsibility associated with a certain diocese is large, a Bishop may be assisted by one or more Auxiliary Bishops, who are accorded a titular see. A diocese may also have a coadjutor bishop (coadjutor archbishop in the case of an archdiocese), who is effectively the "co-ruler" of the diocese and automatically succeeds to the office of bishop whenever the incumbent bishop leaves office. The title of primate refers to the bishop of the first diocese in a country or territory, which typically has grown into a metropolitan archdiocese, but carries no additional authority.[ citation needed ]

Archbishop Bishop of higher rank in many Christian denominations

In Christianity, an archbishop is a bishop of higher rank or office. In some cases, such as the Lutheran Church of Sweden and the Church of England, the title is borne by the leader of the denomination. Like popes, patriarchs, metropolitans, cardinal bishops, diocesan bishops, and suffragan bishops, archbishops are in the highest of the three traditional orders of bishops, priests, and deacons. An archbishop may be granted the title or ordained as chief pastor of a metropolitan see or another episcopal see to which the title of archbishop is attached.

Order of precedence in the Catholic Church

Precedence signifies the right to enjoy a prerogative of honor before other persons; for example, to have the most distinguished place in a procession, a ceremony, or an assembly, to have the right to express an opinion, cast a vote, or append a signature before others, to perform the most honorable offices.

Patriarch of Venice Wikimedia list article

The Patriarch of Venice is the ordinary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. The bishop is one of the few patriarchs in the Latin Church of the Catholic Church. Presently, the only advantage of this purely formal title is the bishop's place of honor in papal processions. In the case of Venice, an additional privilege allows the patriarch, even if he is not a cardinal, the use of the colour red in non-liturgical vestments. In that case, the red biretta is topped by a tuft, as is the custom with other bishops who are not cardinals.

As of 7 September 2019, the ecclesiastical jurisdiction statistics for Latin/Roman/Western and Eastern Catholic Churches were as follows: one Holy See; nine Patriarchates; four Major Archdioceses; 556 Metropolitan Archdioceses; 77 Archdioceses; 2,242 Dioceses; 42 Prelatures; eleven Territorial Abbeys; fifteen Apostolic Exarchates; nine (Eastern Catholic Church) Ordinariates; 36 Military Ordinariates; three Personal Ordinariates; one Personal prelature; 83 Apostolic Vicariates; 39 Apostolic Prefectures; eight Apostolic Administrations; and eight Missions 'sui juris'.[ citation needed ]

Ecclesiastical jurisdiction in its primary sense does not signify jurisdiction over ecclesiastics, but jurisdiction exercised by church leaders over other leaders and over the laity.

Holy See Episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy

The Holy See, also called the See of Rome, refers to the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope, which includes the apostolic episcopal see of the Diocese of Rome with universal ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the worldwide Catholic Church, as well as a sovereign entity of international law.

Patriarchate is an ecclesiological term in Christianity, designating the office and jurisdiction of an ecclesiastical patriarch.

The Catholic Church is the "world's oldest continuously functioning international institution." [8] It is also the largest non-government provider of education and health care in the world, [9] while the diplomatic status of the Holy See facilitates the access of its vast international network of charities.

Catholic education may refer to:

Catholic Church and health care

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. It has around 18,000 clinics, 16,000 homes for the elderly and those with special needs, and 5,500 hospitals, with 65 percent of them located in developing countries. In 2010, the Church's Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers said that the Church manages 26% of the world's health care facilities. The Church's involvement in health care has ancient origins.

The Catholic Church operates numerous charitable organizations.


Most of the figures are taken from the CIA Factbook [10] or PEW Research Center Surveys. [11] [12] [13]

According to the CIA Factbook and the Pew Research Center, the five countries with the largest number of Catholics are, in decreasing order of Catholic population, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States, and Italy.

The country where the membership of the church is the largest percentage of the population is Vatican City at 100%, followed by East Timor at 97%.

According to the Census of the 2019 Annuario Pontificio (Pontifical Yearbook), the number of Catholics in the world was about 1.313 billion at the end of 2017. The research initiative Catholics & Cultures compiles data on Catholic demographics, including from the Annuario Pontificio, by country. [14]

Conflicting numbers can be found in 2013 research conducted by the Brazilian polling institute Datafolha. This report states that the percentage of the population in Brazil of Catholic religion, over the age of 16 years, is just 57%, [15] in contrast to the 64.63% published by CIA and to the 68.6% of Pew Research Center. Also, the 2010 Mexican Census showed this percentage to be 83.9% [16]  against a 91.89% number in the CIA World Factbook.

By country

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Catholic Church by country
CountryTotal population% CatholicCatholic total
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan (details)29,928,9870.0003%100
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania (details)3,020,00010% [17] 302,000
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria (details)32,531,8530.14% [18] 45,000
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra (details)70,00088.2% [11] 61,740
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola (details)25,789,02441.1% [10] 10,600,000
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda (details)84,5228.2% [10] 6,930
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (details)42,000,00066% [19] -71% [12] 27,720,000 - 29,820,000
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia (details)2,982,9041%29,829
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (details)23,400,00022.6% [20] 5,292,000
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria (details)8,900,00056.9% [21] 5,050,000
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan (details)8,581,4000.03%2,574
Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas (details)330,00012% [10] 39,600
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (details)800,0008.9% [11] 71,200
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh (details)158,000,0000.07%110,000 [11]
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados (details)250,0124.2% [10] 10,000
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus (details)9,500,0007.1% [22] 674,500
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium (details)11,200,00058% [23] 6,500,000
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize (details)334,00040% [24] 133,600
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin (details)7,460,02526.6% [25] 1,984,366
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan (details)2,232,2910.06%1,339
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia (details)10,500,00073% [19] 7,980,000
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina (details)3,531,15915.19% [26] 536,333
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana (details)1,640,1154.9%80,365
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (details)208,000,00054% [19] -61% [12] -64.6% [27] 112,320,000 - 134,400,000
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei (details)372,3615% [11] 18,618
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria (details)7,450,3490.5% [11] 37,251
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso (details)13,925,31317% [10] 2,367,303
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi (details)12,000,00062.1% [10] 7,440,000
Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cabo Verde (details)512,09677.3% [10] 395,850
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia (details)13,607,069<0.1%<10,000 [11]
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon (details)25,640,96538.4% [10] 9,846,000
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (details)35,770,00038.7% [28] 13,843,000
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic (details)3,799,89725% [10] 949,974
Flag of Chad.svg  Chad (details)12,000,00020.1% [10] 2,520,000
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile (details)18,000,00055% [29] -66.6% [30] 8,100,000 - 9,900,000
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (details)1,400,000,0000.87%12,000,000 [31]
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia (details)48,000,00075% [19] [32] 35,000,000
Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros (details)800,0000.2% [11] 1,600
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo, Republic of (details)5,062,02133.1% [10] 1,675,529
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo, Democratic Republic of (details)78,000,00036.8% [13] 28,700,000
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica (details)5,000,00052% [33] -62% [12] 2,600,000 - 3,100,000
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia (details)4,284,88986.3% [34] 3,698,000
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba (details)11,163,93451.7% [11] 5,790,000
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus (details)1,100,0001.0%11,000
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (details)10,500,00010.2% [35] 1,071,000
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Côte d'Ivoire (details)23,800,000 [36] 21.4% [11] 5,093,000
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (details)5,630,0000.7% [37] 40,000
Flag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti (details)476,7030.2%953
Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica (details)71,54058.1% [11] 41,564
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic (details)10,400,00048% [19] -57% [12] 4,992,000 - 5,928,000
Flag of East Timor.svg  East Timor (details)1,054,00096.9% [38] 1,021,000
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador (details)15,223,68077.0% [19] 11,265,523
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (details)1,620,00080.7% [11] 1,410,000
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt (details)77,505,7560.1%77,505
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador (details)7,000,00039% [19] 2,730,000
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea (details)4,561,5993.3%150,532
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia (details)1,332,8930.3%3,998
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia (details)73,053,2860.7% [10] 584,426
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji (details)893,3549.1% [11] 80,401
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland (details)5,451,2700.2% [39] [40] [41] 12,434
Flag of France.svg  France (details)66,600,00051% [42] - 63–66% [43] 34,000,000–44,000,000
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon (details)1,389,20150%694,600
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia (details)1,593,2562.1%33,458
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia (details)4,677,4010.8% [10] 84,193
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (details)83,019,00027.7% [44] 23,002,000
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana (details)21,029,85312.9% [11] 2,712,851
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece (details)11,170,9570.4%44,683
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada (details)89,50244.6% [10] 39,917
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala (details)15,773,00043% [19] 7,000,000
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea (details)9,467,8662.6%246,164
Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  Guinea-Bissau (details)1,416,0278.9%126,026
Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana (details)765,2838.1% [10] 91,833
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti (details)10,000,00054.7% [10] 5,470,000
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras (details)8,800,00037% [19] -46% [12] 3,256,000-4,048,000
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (details)9,877,00037.2% [10] –53.0% [23] 3,674,244
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland (details)355,2773.9% [45] 13,799
Flag of India.svg  India (details)1,280,000,0000.9% [11] –1.5%11,520,000–19,200,000
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (details)255,000,0002.9% [46] 7,395,000
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran (details)68,017,8600.02%13,603
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (details)38,000,0000.35% [11] 133,000
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland (details)4,762,00078.3% [47] 3,729,000
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel (details)7,746,0001.2% [11] 92,952
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (details)60,800,00083% [11] 50,474,000
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica (details)2,889,0002%57,780
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (details)127,417,2440.3% [11] 382,251
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan (details)5,759,7320.4% [11] 23,038
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan (details)15,185,8440.6%91,115
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya (details)43,500,00022.1% [11] 9,613,500
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati (details)98,00055.8% [10] 54,684
Flag of North Korea.svg  Korea, North (details)22,912,1770.01%2,291
Flag of South Korea.svg  Korea, South (details)52,950,30611.0% [48] 5,813,770
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo (details)1,920,0793.4%65,000
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (details)2,335,6486.1%142,474
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan (details)5,146,2810.1%5,146
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos (details)6,217,1410.6%37,302
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia (details)2,290,23719.1% [11] 437,435
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon (details)4,800,00028.8% [11] 1,382,400
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho (details)2,067,00045.7% [11] 946,000
Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia (details)3,482,2115.4%188,039
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya (details)5,765,5630.7%40,358
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein (details)33,86375.9% [10] 25,803
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania (details)2,944,45977.2% [49] 2,311,722
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg (details)538,00065.9% [11] 369,600
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar (details)18,040,34129.5% [25] 5,318,293
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi (details)12,158,92428.4% [25] 3,449,487
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (details)23,953,1363.3%1,290,453
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (details)349,1060.02%80
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali (details)12,291,5291.5%189,289
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta (details)428,00084.4% [50] -93% [51] 361,372
Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg  Marshall Islands (details)62,0008.4% [10] 5,208
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania (details)3,086,8590.1% [11] 3,086
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius (details)1,230,60223.6% [10] 289,314
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico (details)126,500,00080% [19] 100,000,000
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova (details)4,455,4210.5%20,494
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco (details)36,37182.3% [11] 29,933
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia (details)2,791,2720.04%1,116
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro (details)625,2663.4%21,299
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco (details)32,725,8470.07%22,908
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique (details)19,406,70328.4% [10] 4,618,795
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar (details)42,909,4641.1%450,549
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia (details)2,030,69216.9%344,202
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal (details)27,676,5470.03%8,302
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (details)16,970,00023.3% [52] 3,943,000
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (details)4,500,00011.1% [53] 492,000
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua (details)6,000,00040% [19] -50% [12] 2,400,000-3,000,000
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger (details)11,665,9370.1%11,665
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (details)190,000,00012.6% [11] 23,940,000
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia (details)2,038,5141%20,452
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway (details)5,060,0002.4% [54] 120,900
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman (details)3,000,0004.1% [11] 110,000
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan (details)207,000,0000.8%1,656,000
Flag of Palau.svg  Palau (details)19,94941.6% [10] 8,299
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine (details)3,761,9042%80,000
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama (details)3,500,00055% [19] -70% [12] 1,925,000 - 2,400,000
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea (details)7,000,00027% [55] 1,890,000
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay (details)6,800,00089% [19] 6,000,000
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru (details)31,150,00074% [19] -76% [12] 23,674,000
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines (details)105,000,000 [56] 81.4% [11] 85,470,000
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (details)38,496,00085.8% [57] 33,037,017
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal (details)10,500,000 [58] 81.0% [59] –88.0% [60] 8,600,000–9,240,000
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (details)863,0515.8%50,000
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania (details)22,329,9774.7% [10] 1,787,408
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (details)143,420,3090.5% [11] 717,101
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda (details)11,000,00043.7% [61] 4,807,000
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis (details)51,0006.7%3,400
Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia (details)165,60061.3%101,500
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (details)106,0007.5%7,950
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa (details)179,00019.6% [10] 35,084
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino (details)32,50090.5% [11] 29,412
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe (details)163,00073.5% [25] 119,805
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (details)26,417,5992.5%660,439
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal (details)11,126,8323.5%389,439
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia (details)7,120,6006.1% [10] 433,167
Flag of the Seychelles.svg  Seychelles (details)93,00076.2% [62] 70,866
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone (details)6,017,6432.9%174,511
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore (details)4,425,7204.8% [10] 165,964
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia (details)5,397,03662% [63] 3,347,277
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia (details)2,066,88073.2% [64] 1,511,980
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands (details)523,00019% [10] 100,000
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia (details)8,591,6290.001%100
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (details)44,344,1367.1% [10] 2,851,327
Flag of South Sudan.svg  South Sudan (details)10,000,00030%3,000,000
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (details)46,700,00066.0% [65] 30,720,000
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka (details)20,264,0006.1% [66] 1,237,000
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan (details)31,000,0001%300,000
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname (details)551,00021.6% [67] 119,000
Flag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland (details)1,100,0004.9% [11] 62,803
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (details)10,000,0001.8%180,000
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland (details)8,500,00035.9% [68] -37.2% [69] 3,052,000
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria (details)18,448,7522%368,975
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan (details)22,894,3841.3%297,626
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan (details)7,163,5060.01%<1,000 [11]
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania (details)44,929,00227.2%12,220,689
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (details)65,444,3710.3% [11] 196,333
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo (details)5,681,51926.4% [11] 1,499,921
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga (details)102,00015.6% [10] 15,912
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago (details)1,330,00021.6% [70] 286,000
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia (details)11,000,0000.2%22,000
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey (details)77,700,0000.05%35,000
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan (details)4,750,0000.01% [71] 500
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu (details)10,0001%100
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda (details)42,000,00039.3% [72] 16,500,000
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine (details)43,000,0005.6% [11] -10% [73] [74] 2,408,000-4,300,000
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (details)2,563,2125%128,160
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom (details)63,100,0009% [75] [76] [77] [78] 5,700,000
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (details)330,000,00020% [79] -20.8% [80] -22% [81] [82] 66,000,000-72,600,000
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay (details)3,500,00038% [19] -41% [83] 1,330,000
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan (details)26,851,1950.01%2,685
Flag of the Vatican City.svg   Vatican City (details)842100%842
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu (details)243,30413.1% [10] 36,500
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela (details)32,000,00067% [19] -73% [12] 21,440,000 -23,360,000
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam (details)83,535,5766.8% [10] 5,658,000
Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Western Sahara (details)273,0080.06%163
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen (details)20,727,0630.02%4,145
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia (details)14,300,00021% [11] 3,003,000
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe (details)12,746,9907.71%982,792

By dependent territory

Catholic Church by territory
TerritoryTotal population% CatholicCatholic total
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  U.S. Virgin Islands (details)109,84034% [10] 37,345
Flag of Anguilla.svg  Anguilla (details)14,1085.7% [10] 804
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba (details)101,48475.3% [84] 76,464
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg  British Virgin Islands (details)24,0419.5% [10] 2,283
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands (details)47,86214.1% [10] 6,748
Flag of Curacao.svg  Curaçao (details)142,18072.8% [10] 103,507
Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg  Falkland Islands (details)3,00010%300
Flag of French Guiana.svg  French Guiana (details)221,50075%166,500
Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland (details)55,9840.2% [11] 111
Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe (details)405,50085.2% [10] 345,486
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam (details)154,62385% [10] 131,430
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong (details)7,409,8005.3%394,000 [85]
Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique (details)390,00080%312,000
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau (details)650,0004.6% [1] 30,000
Flag of FLNKS.svg  New Caledonia (details)249,00060.2% [10] 150,000
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico (details)3,600,00056% [12] 2,016,000
Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg  Réunion (details)839,50079.7% [25] 669,249
Flag of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.svg  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (details)6,02593% [11] 5,600
Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands (details)22,35211.4% [10] 2,548
Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg  Wallis and Futuna (details)14,23195.8%13,631

By region

These percentages were calculated by using the above numbers. The first percentage, 4th column, is the percentage of population that is Catholic in a region (number in the region x 100 / total population of the region). The last column shows the national Catholic percentage compared to the total Catholic population of the world (number in the region x 100 / total RC population of the world).


Catholic Church in Africa
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Central Africa 83,121,05537,353,21844.93%3.47%
East Africa 193,741,90034,872,13017.99%3.24%
North Africa 202,151,3232,369,4901.17%0.22%
Southern Africa 137,092,01924,463,64017.84%2.27%
West Africa 268,997,24536,152,84713.43%3.36%


Catholic Church in the Americas
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Caribbean 24,364,62219,062,19878.23%1.77%
Central America 42,883,84932,317,38475.36%3.00%
North America 448,587,847173,212,64038.61%16.11%
South America 371,363,897299,570,01180.66%27.87%


Catholic Church in Asia
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Central Asia 92,019,166199,0861.23%0.01%
East Asia 1,528,384,44013,853,1420.90%1.28%
South Asia 1,437,326,68220,107,0501.39%1.87%
Southeast Asia 571,337,07086,701,42115.17%8.06%


Catholic Church in Europe
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Southeast Europe 65,903,4646,562,7759.95%0.61%
Central Europe 74,591,47656,787,17674.8%5.19%
Eastern Europe 228,118,6659,702,3344.25%0.90%
Western Europe 381,458,905211,466,94255.43%19.67%

Middle East

Catholic Church in the Middle East
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Middle East 260,026,3652,990,5731.15%0.27%


Catholic Church in Oceania
RegionTotal populationCatholic% Catholic% of global Catholic pop.
Oceania 30,686,4687,747,65425.24%0.72%

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