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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Worldwide Surge in Priestly Vocations Continues


Pope Benedict with the seminarians of England and Wales

The worldwide surge in the number of seminarians that began during the papacy of Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005) is continuing under Pope Benedict.

According to the newly released Annuario Pontificio, the number of major seminarians worldwide rose to 118,990 in 2010--an increase of 86.3% since 1978, when there were 63,882 major seminarians.

Between 1978 and 2010, the number of Catholics rose from 757 million to 1.196 billion (a 58% increase), while world population rose from 4.3 billion to 6.9 billion (a 60.5% increase).

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