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Catholics in Thailand and Japan – by the Numbers

Statistics Ahead of Holy Father’s November 19-26, 2019, Apostolic Journey

Statistics of the Catholic Church in Thailand and Japan as of 31 December 2017 (from the Central Office for Church Statistics)

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

Table 5 – Educational centers owned/managed by ecclesiastics or religious

Table 6 – Charitable and social centers owned/managed by ecclesiastics or religious

 

The following are some statistical data relating to the situation of the Catholic Church in Thailand and Japan as of 31 December 2017:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

  Thailand Japan
Area (km2) 513,115 377,829
Population (in thousands) 65,522 126,786
Density (inhabitants/km2) 128 336
Catholics (in thousands) 389 536
Catholics per 100 inhabitants 0.59 0.42
Ecclesiastical circumscriptions 11 16
Parishes 502 859
Other pastoral centers 566 102
Catholics per pastoral center 365 558

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

  Thailand Japan
Bishops1 16 29
Diocesan priests 523 511
Religious priests 312 896
Total priests 835 1,407
Permanent deacons 29
Men religious (other than priests) 123 173
Professed women religious 1,461 4,976
Members of Secular Institutes 57 174
Lay missionaries 221 5
Catechists 1,901 1,307

 

[1] Situation on 30.09.2019

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

  Thailand Japan
Catholics per priest 446 381
Catholics per pastoral worker 84 66
Priests per pastoral center 0.78 1.46
Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate 18.4 17.7

 

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

  Thailand Japan
Minor seminarians 771 33
Major seminarians 306 80
Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants

 

0.47 0.06
Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics 78.6 14.9
Major seminarians per 100 priests 36.65 5.69

 

Table 5 – Educational centers owned/managed by ecclesiastics or religious

  Thailand Japan
Schools:    
Pre-school and primary 253 575
Lower middle and secondary 163 183
Higher and university 10 57
     
Students in:    
Pre-school and primary schools 319,515 83,517
Lower middle and secondary schools 147,034 67,508
Higher and university institutes 22,149 53,310

 

Table 6 – Charitable and social centers owned/managed by ecclesiastics or religious

  Thailand Japan
Hospitals 4 29
Clinics 8 10
Leper colonies
Homes for the elderly and disabled 26 274
Orphanages and nurseries 115 236
Family consultation centers 7 3
Special centers of social education or rehabilitation 11 21
Other institutions 19 33

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