Church Statistics for Chile and Peru

Apostolic Journey January 15-22, 2018

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Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru from January 15-22, 2018.  Here are statistics of the Catholic Church in Chile and Peru as of 31 December 2015 (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 Chile and Peru as of 31 December 2015:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

  Chile Peru
Area (km2) 756,626 1,285,216
Population (in thousands) 18,006 31,152
Density (inhabitants/km2) 24 24
Catholics (in thousands) 13,329 27,911
Catholics per 100 inhabitants 74.0 89.6
Ecclesiastical circumscriptions 27 45
Parishes 960 1,645
Other pastoral centres 3,779 6,303
Catholics per pastoral center 2,813 3,512

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

  Chile Peru
Bishops (Situation on 15.12.2017) 50 68
Diocesan priests 1,175 2,088
Religious priests 1,108 1,273
Total priests 2,283 3,361
Permanent deacons 1,138 65
Men religious (other than priests) 546 422
Professed women religious 4,006 5,568
Members of secular Institutes 472 179
Lay missionaries 1,473 11,120
Catechists 43,547 51,367

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

  Chile Peru
Catholics per priest 5,838 8,304
Catholics per pastoral worker 249 387
Priests per pastoral center 0.48 0.42
Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate 4.36 4.75

 

Table 4 – Priestly Vocations

  Chile Peru
Minor seminarians 39 689
Major seminarians 568 1,539
Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants

 

3.15 4.94
Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics 4.26 5.51
Major seminarians per 100 priests 24.88 45.79

 

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

  Chile Peru
Schools:
Pre-school and primary 957 995
Lower middle and secondary 597 524
Higher and university 27 90
Students in:
Pre-school and primary schools 258,366 248,171
Lower middle and secondary schools 392,582 196,165
Higher and university institutes 321,105 68,768

 

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

  Chile Peru
Hospitals 18 38
Clinics 39 323
Leper colonies 1 4
Homes for the elderly and disabled 318 90
Orphanages and nurseries 205 244
Family consultation centers 30 145
Special centers for social education or rehabilitation 43 36
Other institutions 447 581

 

JF

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