Total Number of Priests Increase

From an annual report published in Agenzia Fides, the Church’s missionary news service:

The total number of priests in the world increased by 762 units, to 408,024. The only continents which registered a decrease were again Europe (-2,260) and Oceania (- 55 ), whereas figures grew in Africa (+1,180); America (+ 376) and Asia (+1.521).  Diocesan priests increased by 1,340 units, reaching a total of 272,431 with increases in Africa (+1,024), America (+853), Asia (+864) but showed a slight drop in Oceania (- 9), and again a decrease in Europe (- 1,392). The number of Religious priests decreased by 578 units to a total 135,593. Increases were registered as in recent years in Asia (+657) and Africa (+156), whereas numbers dropped in America (- 447), Europe (- 868) and Oceania (- 46).

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