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Statistics of Catholic Church in Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius

Apostolic Trip of Pope Francis September 4-10, 2019

Statistics of the Catholic Church in Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius 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 Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius as of 31 December 2017:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Area (km2) 801,590 587,041 2,040
Population (in thousands) 27,129 23,652 1,311
Density (inhabitants/km2) 34 40 643
Catholics (in thousands) 7,621 8,233 368
Catholics per 100 inhabitants 28.1 34.8 28.1
Ecclesiastical circumscriptions 12 22 2
Parishes 343 438 44
Other pastoral centers 1,335 9,010
Catholics per pastoral center 4,542 872 8,364

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Bishops1 23 25 2
Diocesan priests 297 892 47
Religious priests 362 855 48
Total priests 659 1,747 95
Permanent deacons 2
Men religious (other than priests) 89 735 17
Professed women religious 1,207 5,006 186
Members of Secular Institutes 17 133 10
Lay missionaries 97 1,703
Catechists 56,871 14,395 1,335

 

[1] Situation on 31.07.2019

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Catholics per priest 11,564 4,713 3,874
Catholics per pastoral worker 129 347 224
Priests per pastoral center 0.39 0.18 2.16
Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate 1.16 7.46 5.90

 

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Minor seminarians 597 930
Major seminarians 599 1,977 7
Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants

 

2.21 8.36 0.53
Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics 7.86 24.01 1.90
Major seminarians per 100 priests 90.90 113.17 7.37

 

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

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Schools:
Pre-school and primary 176 5,367 53
Lower middle and secondary 64 1,024 21
Higher and university 14 62
Students in:
Pre-school and primary schools 50,022 479,421 18,654
Lower middle and secondary schools 57,086 202,144 13,989
Higher and university institutes 19,024 16,479

 

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

  Mozambique Madagascar Mauritius
Hospitals 24 20 1
Clinics 21 217
Leper colonies 7 24 7
Homes for the elderly and disabled 9 154 13
Orphanages and nurseries 74 154 13
Family consultation centers 2 31 8
Special centers of social education or rehabilitation 2 7 4
Other institutions 37 32 48

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