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Year Ending 31st December 2001

Total Population 809.105.000
Total Catholics 135.600.000
Percentage of Catholics 16.7%
Ecclesiastical Territories 497
Archdioceses 83
Dioceses 380
Cardinals 16
Patriarchs 2
Native Africa Bishops 474
Non-native Bishops 142
Total number of Bishops 616
Total number of Priests 27.988
Diocesan Priests Incardinated 19.039
Diocesan Priests Present 17.582
Religious Priests 10.406
Permanent Deacons 372
Number of Ordinations 1.113
Brothers 7.249
Sisters 52.695
Major Seminarians 20.994
Lay Missionaries 1.488
Catechists 368.075
Parishes 11.355
Total number of Baptisms 3.472.601
Number of Adulta Baptisms 1.254.110
% of Adult Baptisms 30.1%
% of Mixed Marriages 11.8%
Mission Stations/Centres 79.003
Kindergartens 10.738
Primary Schools 30.009
Secondary Schools 7.488
Students in Higher Institutions 37.750
Community Welfare Institutions 14.144

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See Statistic of Catholicism in the World 

See also Religious Statistical Map of Africa Today


Source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church, 2001
Updated Once every year
Last Updated: February 19, 2004