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Catholic Demographics

Catholic Demographics | Geography Education |
Infographics showing the distribution of the Roman Catholic population in the world, where it has risen and fallen in recent years.
Seth Dixon's insight:

As mentioned earlier, a South American pope was a symbolic recognition of the demographic shift in the Church's population away from Europe. 

Tags: culturereligion, Christianity.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:33 PM

This infographic shows the changing world Catholic demographic. South America is home to by far the largest Catholic population in the world where once Europe was. Now Europe has a rapidly declining Catholic population over the past 40 years (probably due to declining religiosity and low birth rates) while Africa, particularly in DR Congo, is seeing the most rapid increase in Catholics (likely due to missionaries and converts). Interestingly, there's a growing number of Catholics in Asia, possibly due to missionaries or just migration.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:37 PM

This is a distribution map, showing how Catholicism is spread throughout the world. It is a choropleth map and a bar graph on the side.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:50 PM

Pope Francis is not only the first Jesuit Pope, but the first from the Americas.  Born in Buenos Aires, the Pope represents the immense Catholic population in Latin America.


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