U.S. Catholics Top 63 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 20, 2002 (Zenit.org).- There are 63,863,030 Catholics in the United States, 23% of the population, according to statistics released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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The nation´s faithful represent 6.2% of the world´s 1.01 billion Catholics.

The United States has 46,041 priests: 30,655 diocesan clergy and 15,386 vowed to a specific order.

Seminarians number 4,917, including 3,400 in formation for the diocesan priesthood. Permanent deacons number 13,348. Vowed religious comprise 79,462 sisters and 5,565 brothers.

In Catholic education, 7,061 elementary schools have 1.94 million students;
1,596 high schools have 680,947 students. The 235 Catholic colleges and universities educate 705,059 students.

More data are available at http://www.nccbuscc.org/news/index.htm.

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