Poland, Spain Lead Europe in Seminarians Per Capita

MADRID, Spain, MAR. 15, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Among European countries, Spain is surpassed only by Poland in the proportion of seminarians it has, the Spanish bishops´ conference says.

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Poland has 108 seminarians for every 1 million Catholics, while Spain has 76 seminarians per million. France is the lowest, with 32 per million.

The number of seminarians in Spain has remained stable over the past decade, the bishops´ conference reveals in the study, carried out for the “Day of the Seminary,” March 19.

Over the past decade, the number of major seminarians has been stable: 393 entered in 1990 and, for the period 2000-2001, major seminaries received 360 new candidates. The total number of seminarians in Spanish dioceses is 1,797.

Two hundred thirty-eight new priests were ordained in Spain in 2000. Eleven dioceses had no ordinations last year: Almería, Barbastro, Girona, Huesca, Ibiza, Lleida, Menorca, Plasencia, Segovia, Solsona and Tarragona.

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