Catholic Church by country

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Countries by percentage of Catholics.
Countries by number of Catholics in 2010.[1]
  More than 100 million
  More than 50 million
  More than 20 million
  More than 10 million
  More than 5 million
  More than 1 million

The Catholic Church is organized in a worldwide hierarchy under the Pope, the Bishop of Rome (Holy See) based in Vatican City.

The Catholic Church is organized into local hierarchies within each nation, or group of smaller nations. National Conferences of bishops co-ordinate local policy within each nation.

Alongside the Latin Church, there are 23 sui juris Ritual Churches, each led by either a Patriarch or a Major Archbishop, in full communion with the Holy See. Historically, these bodies separated from the Orthodox Communion or various ancient oriental churches, either to remain in or to return to full communion of the Catholic Church. The term sui juris literally means "by its own law" -- these bodies retain the canonical and liturgical traditions of the bodies from which they came. Particular law typically provides for the synods of the larger sui juris ritual churches to elect their own bishops, including their patriarch or major archbishop, subject only to papal "assent" (formal recognition), which is very rarely withheld. The pope appoints bishops for the smaller sui juris ritual churches, which have too few bishops to form a synod.

Four Latin Church archbishops are also called Patriarchs, this is only titular but gives them precedence in papal processions, in the case of the Patriarch of Venice, he can 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. Coadjutor bishops historically were assigned titular sees until 1978, but that is no longer the case. When a diocese becomes vacant through transfer, resignation, retirement, or death of its bishop, its clergy elect a "diocesan administrator" unless the pope appoints an "apostolic administrator," to govern it until the new bishop takes office, but with limited powers in either case. 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.

As of 5 September 2017, the ecclesiastical jurisdiction statistics is as follows; 1 Papal See, 9 Patriarchates, 4 Major Archdioceses, 554 Metropolitan Archdioceses, 77 Archdioceses, 2,225 Dioceses, 42 Prelatures, 11 Territorial Abbeys, 18 Apostolic Exarchates, 9 (Eastern Rite) Ordinariates, 36 Military Ordinariates, 3 Personal Ordinariates, 1 Personal prelature, 88 Apostolic Vicariates, 39 Apostolic Prefectures, 8 Apostolic Administrations, and 8 Missions 'sui juris'.

Methodology

Most of the figures are taken from the CIA Factbook[2] or PEW Research Center Surveys.[3][4][5]

According to the CIA Factbook and the Pew Research Center, the five countries with the largest number of Catholics are, in decreasing order of 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%.

According to the Census of the 2017 Annuario Pontificio (Pontifical Yearbook), the number of Catholics in the world was about 1.285 billion at the end of 2015.

Conflicting numbers can be found in 2013 research conducted by 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%,[6] well 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%[7] – against a 91.89% number in the CIA Factbook.

By country

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Catholic Church by country
Country Total population  % Catholic Catholic total
 Afghanistan (details) 29,928,987 0.0003% 100
 Albania (details) 3,020,000 10%[8] 302,000
 Algeria (details) 32,531,853 0.14%[9] 45,000
 Andorra (details) 70,000 88.2%[3] 61,740
 Angola (details) 18,498,000 38%[2] 7,029,240
 Antigua and Barbuda (details) 84,522 8.2%[2] 6,930
 Argentina (details) 41,660,000 71%[4] 29,820,000
 Armenia (details) 2,982,904 1% 29,829
 Australia (details) 23,400,000 22.6%[10] 5,292,000
 Austria (details) 8,774,000 58.8%[11] 5,162,000
 Azerbaijan (details) 8,581,400 0.03% 2,574
 Bahamas (details) 330,000 12%[2] 39,600
 Bahrain (details) 800,000 8.9%[3] 71,200
 Bangladesh (details) 158,000,000 0.07% 110,000[3]
 Barbados (details) 250,012 4.2%[2] 10,000
 Belarus (details) 9,500,000 7.1%[12] 674,500
 Belgium (details) 11,200,000 58%[13] 6,500,000
 Belize (details) 334,000 40%[14] 133,600
 Benin (details) 7,460,025 26.6%[15] 1,984,366
 Bhutan (details) 2,232,291 0.06% 1,339
 Bolivia (details) 10,500,000 76%[16] 7,980,000
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (details) 3,531,159 15.19%[17] 536,333
 Botswana (details) 1,640,115 4.9% 80,365
 Brazil (details) 205,000,000 61%[4] 125,000,000
 Brunei (details) 372,361 5%[3] 18,618
 Bulgaria (details) 7,450,349 0.5%[3] 37,251
 Burkina Faso (details) 13,925,313 17%[2] 2,367,303
 Burundi (details) 6,370,609 62.1%[2] 3,956,148
 Cabo Verde (details) 512,096 77.3%[2] 395,850
 Cambodia (details) 13,607,069 <0.1% <10,000[3]
 Cameroon (details) 16,380,005 25.6% 4,193,281
 Canada (details) 35,770,000 38.7%[18] 13,843,000
 Central African Republic (details) 3,799,897 25%[2] 949,974
 Chad (details) 12,000,000 20.1%[2] 2,520,000
 Chile (details) 18,000,000 55%[19] 9,900,000
 China (details) 1,368,000,000 0.7%[3] 9,576,000
 Colombia (details) 48,000,000 75.1%[16][20] 36,048,000
 Comoros (details) 800,000 0.2%[3] 1,600
 Congo, Republic of (details) 3,686,000 33.1%[2] 1,220,066
 Congo, Democratic Republic of (details) 77,000,000 36.8%[5] 28,336,000
 Costa Rica (details) 4,770,000 62%[4] 3,007,620
 Croatia (details) 4,284,889 86.3%[21] 3,698,000
 Cuba (details) 11,163,934 51.7%[3] 5,790,000
 Cyprus (details) 1,100,000 1.0% 11,000
 Czech Republic (details) 10,500,000 10.2%[22] 1,071,000
 Côte d'Ivoire (details) 23,800,000[23] 21.4%[3] 5,093,000
 Denmark (details) 5,630,000 0.7%[24] 40,000
 Djibouti (details) 476,703 0.2% 953
 Dominica (details) 71,540 58.1%[3] 41,564
 Dominican Republic (details) 10,400,000 57%[4] 5,928,000
 East Timor (details) 1,054,000 96.9%[25] 1,021,000
 Ecuador (details) 15,223,680 74.0%[16] 11,265,523
 Equatorial Guinea (details) 1,620,000 80.7%[3] 1,410,000
 Egypt (details) 77,505,756 0.1% 77,505
 El Salvador (details) 6,704,932 46%[16] 3,084,268
 Eritrea (details) 4,561,599 3.3% 150,532
 Estonia (details) 1,332,893 0.3% 3,998
 Ethiopia (details) 73,053,286 0.7%[2] 584,426
 Fiji (details) 893,354 9.1%[3] 80,401
 Finland (details) 5,451,270 0.2%[26][27][28] 12,434
 France (details) 66,600,000 54%[13]/63–66%[29] 36,000,000–44,000,000
 Gabon (details) 1,389,201 50% 694,600
 Gambia (details) 1,593,256 2.1% 33,458
 Georgia (details) 4,677,401 0.8%[2] 84,193
 Germany (details) 82,800,000 28.5%[30][31] 23,581,549
 Ghana (details) 21,029,853 12.9%[3] 2,712,851
 Greece (details) 11,170,957 0.4% 44,683
 Grenada (details) 89,502 44.6%[2] 39,917
 Guatemala (details) 15,773,000 47%[16] 7,413,310
 Guinea (details) 9,467,866 2.6% 246,164
 Guinea-Bissau (details) 1,416,027 8.9% 126,026
 Guyana (details) 765,283 8.1%[2] 91,833
 Haiti (details) 10,000,000 54.7%[2] 5,470,000
 Honduras (details) 8,800,000 46%[4] 4,048,000
 Hungary (details) 9,877,000 37.2%[2]–53.0%[13] 3,674,244
 Iceland (details) 319,575 3.2%[3] 10,226
 India (details) 1,280,000,000 0.9%[3]–1.5% 11,520,000–19,200,000
 Indonesia (details) 255,000,000 2.9%[32] 7,395,000
 Iran (details) 68,017,860 0.02% 13,603
 Iraq (details) 38,000,000 0.35%[3] 133,000
 Ireland (details) 4,762,000 78.3%[33] 3,729,000
 Israel (details) 7,746,000 1.2%[3] 92,952
 Italy (details) 60,800,000 83%[3] 50,474,000
 Jamaica (details) 2,889,000 2% 57,780
 Japan (details) 127,417,244 0.3%[3] 382,251
 Jordan (details) 5,759,732 0.4%[3] 23,038
 Kazakhstan (details) 15,185,844 0.6% 91,115
 Kenya (details) 43,500,000 22.1%[3] 9,613,500
 Kiribati (details) 98,000 55.8%[2] 54,684
 Korea, North (details) 22,912,177 0.01% 2,291
 Korea, South (details) 51,100,000 10.9%[3] 5,600,000
 Kosovo (details) 1,794,984 2.2%[2] 39,489
 Kuwait (details) 2,335,648 6.1% 142,474
 Kyrgyzstan (details) 5,146,281 0.1% 5,146
 Laos (details) 6,217,141 0.6% 37,302
 Latvia (details) 2,290,237 19.1%[3] 437,435
 Lebanon (details) 4,800,000 28.8%[3] 1,382,400
 Lesotho (details) 2,067,000 45.7%[3] 946,000
 Liberia (details) 3,482,211 5.4% 188,039
 Libya (details) 5,765,563 0.7% 40,358
 Liechtenstein (details) 33,863 75.9%[2] 25,803
 Lithuania (details) 2,944,459 77.2%[34] 2,311,722
 Luxembourg (details) 538,000 65.9%[3] 369,600
 Macedonia (details) 2,038,514 1% 20,452
 Madagascar (details) 18,040,341 29.5%[15] 5,318,293
 Malawi (details) 12,158,924 28.4%[15] 3,449,487
 Malaysia (details) 23,953,136 3.3% 1,290,453
 Maldives (details) 349,106 0.02% 80
 Mali (details) 12,291,529 1.5% 189,289
 Malta (details) 440,000 88.6%[35] 389,840
 Marshall Islands (details) 62,000 8.4%[2] 5,208
 Mauritania (details) 3,086,859 0.1%[3] 3,086
 Mauritius (details) 1,230,602 23.6%[2] 289,314
 Mexico (details) 122,000,000 81%[16] 98,820,000
 Moldova (details) 4,455,421 0.5% 20,494
 Monaco (details) 36,371 82.3%[3] 29,933
 Mongolia (details) 2,791,272 0.04% 1,116
 Montenegro (details) 625,266 3.4% 21,299
 Morocco (details) 32,725,847 0.07% 22,908
 Mozambique (details) 19,406,703 28.4%[2] 4,618,795
 Myanmar (details) 42,909,464 1.1% 450,549
 Namibia (details) 2,030,692 16.9% 344,202
   Nepal (details) 27,676,547 0.03% 8,302
 Netherlands (details) 16,970,000 23.3%[36] 3,943,000
 New Zealand (details) 4,500,000 11.1%[37] 492,000
 Nicaragua (details) 6,000,000 50%[4] 3,000,000
 Niger (details) 11,665,937 0.1% 11,665
 Nigeria (details) 190,000,000 12.6%[3] 23,940,000
 Norway (details) 5,060,000 2.4%[38] 120,900
 Oman (details) 3,000,000 4.1%[3] 110,000
 Pakistan (details) 207,000,000 0.8% 1,656,000
 Palau (details) 19,949 41.6%[2] 8,299
 Palestine (details) 3,761,904 2% 80,000
 Panama (details) 3,339,150 70%[4] 2,400,000
 Papua New Guinea (details) 7,000,000 27%[39] 1,890,000
 Paraguay (details) 6,800,000 88%[16] 5,984,000
 Peru (details) 31,150,000 76%[4] 23,674,000
 Philippines (details) 100,000,000[40] 81.4%[3] 81,400,000
 Poland (details) 38,496,000 85.8%[41] 33,037,017
 Portugal (details) 10,500,000[42] 81.0%[43]–88.0%[44] 8,600,000–9,240,000
 Qatar (details) 863,051 5.8% 50,000
 Romania (details) 22,329,977 4.7%[2] 1,787,408
 Russia (details) 143,420,309 0.5%[3] 717,101
 Rwanda (details) 11,000,000 43.7%[45] 4,807,000
 Saint Kitts and Nevis (details) 51,000 6.7% 3,400
 Saint Lucia (details) 165,600 61.3% 101,500
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (details) 106,000 7.5% 7,950
 Samoa (details) 179,000 19.6%[2] 35,084
 San Marino (details) 32,500 90.5%[3] 29,412
 São Tomé and Príncipe (details) 163,000 73.5%[15] 119,805
 Saudi Arabia (details) 26,417,599 2.5% 660,439
 Senegal (details) 11,126,832 3.5% 389,439
 Serbia (details) 7,120,600 6.1%[2] 433,167
 Seychelles (details) 93,000 76.2%[46] 70,866
 Sierra Leone (details) 6,017,643 2.9% 174,511
 Singapore (details) 4,425,720 4.8%[2] 165,964
 Slovakia (details) 5,397,036 62%[47] 3,347,277
 Slovenia (details) 2,011,070 53.1%[48] 1,068,000
 Solomon Islands (details) 523,000 19%[2] 100,000
 Somalia (details) 8,591,629 0.001% 100
 South Africa (details) 44,344,136 7.1%[2] 2,851,327
 South Sudan (details) 10,000,000 30% 3,000,000
 Spain (details) 46,500,000 69.6%[49] 32,364,000
 Sri Lanka (details) 20,264,000 6.1%[50] 1,237,000
 Sudan (details) 31,000,000 1% 300,000
 Suriname (details) 551,000 21.6%[51] 119,000
 Swaziland (details) 1,100,000 4.9%[3] 62,803
 Sweden (details) 9,600,000 1.6% 153,600
  Switzerland (details) 8,400,000 37.3%[52] 3,133,000
 Syria (details) 18,448,752 2% 368,975
 Taiwan (details) 22,894,384 1.3% 297,626
 Tajikistan (details) 7,163,506 0.01% <1,000[3]
 Tanzania (details) 44,929,002 27.2% 12,220,689
 Thailand (details) 65,444,371 0.3%[3] 196,333
 Togo (details) 5,681,519 26.4%[3] 1,499,921
 Tonga (details) 102,000 15.6%[2] 15,912
 Trinidad and Tobago (details) 1,330,000 21.6%[53] 286,000
 Tunisia (details) 11,000,000 0.2% 22,000
 Turkey (details) 77,700,000 0.05% 35,000
 Turkmenistan (details) 4,750,000 0.01%[54] 500
 Tuvalu (details) 10,000 1% 100
 Uganda (details) 35,000,000 41.9%[55] 14,665,000
 Ukraine (details) 43,000,000 5.6%[3] 2,408,000
 United Arab Emirates (details) 2,563,212 5% 128,160
 United Kingdom (details) 63,100,000 9%[56][57][58][59] 5,700,000
 United States (details) 320,000,000 20.8%[60] 66,560,000
 Uruguay (details) 3,415,920 41%[16] 1,609,000
 Uzbekistan (details) 26,851,195 0.01% 2,685
  Vatican City (details) 842 100% 842
 Vanuatu (details) 243,304 13.1%[2] 36,500
 Venezuela (details) 30,400,000 73%[4] 22,192,000
 Vietnam (details) 83,535,576 6.8%[2] 5,658,000
 Western Sahara (details) 273,008 0.06% 163
 Yemen (details) 20,727,063 0.02% 4,145
 Zambia (details) 14,300,000 21%[3] 3,003,000
 Zimbabwe (details) 12,746,990 7.71% 982,792
Total 7,093,798,000 17.68% 1,253,926,000

By dependent territory

Catholic Church by territory
Territory Total population  % Catholic Catholic total
 U.S. Virgin Islands (details) 109,840 34%[2] 37,345
 Anguilla (details) 14,108 5.7%[2] 804
 Aruba (details) 101,484 75.3%[61] 76,464
 British Virgin Islands (details) 24,041 9.5%[2] 2,283
 Cayman Islands (details) 47,862 14.1%[2] 6,748
 Curaçao (details) 142,180 72.8%[2] 103,507
 Falkland Islands (details) 3,000 10% 300
 French Guiana (details) 221,500 75% 166,500
 Greenland (details) 55,984 0.2%[3] 111
 Guadeloupe (details) 405,500 85.2%[2] 345,486
 Guam (details) 154,623 85%[2] 131,430
 Hong Kong (details) 7,230,000 2.2%[1] 160,000
 Martinique (details) 390,000 80% 312,000
 Macau (details) 650,000 4.6%[1] 30,000
 New Caledonia (details) 249,000 60.2%[2] 150,000
 Puerto Rico (details) 3,600,000 56%[4] 2,016,000
 Réunion (details) 839,500 79.7%[15] 669,249
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (details) 6,025 93%[3] 5,600
 Turks and Caicos Islands (details) 22,352 11.4%[2] 2,548
 Wallis and Futuna (details) 14,231 95.8% 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 * 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 * 100/total R. C. population of the world).

Africa

Catholic Church in Africa
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Central Africa 83,121,055 37,353,218 44.93% 3.47%
East Africa 193,741,900 34,872,130 17.99% 3.24%
North Africa 202,151,323 2,369,490 1.17% 0.22%
Southern Africa 137,092,019 24,463,640 17.84% 2.27%
West Africa 268,997,245 36,152,847 13.43% 3.36%
Total 885,103,542 135,211,325 15.27% 12.57%

Americas

Catholic Church in the Americas
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Caribbean 24,364,622 19,062,198 78.23% 1.77%
Central America 42,883,849 32,317,384 75.36% 3.00%
North America 448,587,847 173,212,640 38.61% 16.11%
South America 371,363,897 299,570,011 80.66% 27.87%
Total 887,200,215 524,162,233 59.08% 48.75%

Asia

Catholic Church in Asia
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Central Asia 92,019,166 199,086 1.23% 0.01%
East Asia 1,528,384,440 13,853,142 0.90% 1.28%
South Asia 1,437,326,682 20,107,050 1.39% 1.87%
Southeast Asia 571,337,070 86,701,421 15.17% 8.06%
Total 3,629,067,358 120,860,699 3.33% 11.24%

Europe

Catholic Church in Europe
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Southeast Europe 65,903,464 6,562,775 9.95% 0.61%
Central Europe 74,591,476 56,787,176 74.8% 5.19%
Eastern Europe 228,118,665 9,702,334 4.25% 0.90%
Western Europe 381,458,905 211,466,942 55.43% 19.67%
Total 730,072,510 285,916,457 37.85% 26.37%

Middle East

Catholic Church in the Middle East
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Middle East 260,026,365 2,990,573 1.15% 0.27%

Oceania

Catholic Church in Oceania
Region Total population Catholic  % Catholic  % of global Catholic pop.
Oceania 30,686,468 7,747,654 25.24% 0.72%

See also

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