(ZENIT News / Manila, 01.03.2023).- The latest census of the population carried out in the Philippines not only shows that the country’s population continues to be Catholic in the majority, but that Catholics have grown in number. Between 2015 and 2020 Catholics grew by 5 million. Thus, the Catholic faith is professed by 78.8% of the 108 million Filipinos. In absolute numbers it means that there are slightly over 85 million Catholics.
Despite the fact that Catholics grew in absolute numbers, the data reveals a decrease in the percentage: in 2015 Catholics represented 79.5% of the population, which means a decrease of -0.7%. During that period, the Filipino population increased by 10 million, which implies that half of that new population is Catholic.
After Brazil and Mexico, the Philippines is the third country with the largest number of Catholics in the world and the country with the largest number of Catholics in the Asian Continent.