Who are Those Catholics?

NASA Photo ID ISS011-E-5487, taken 188 nautical miles, 348 kilometers, above 17.6° N, 2.8° E: available from Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center. Used w/o permission. (2007)

I’ve turned my “About Me” page into several shorter pages, arranged hierarchically:


Statistics, Mostly

Brian H. Gill. (March 17, 2021)Of the roughly 7,684,300,000 people alive today, about 16% — roughly 1,229,488,000‬ — are Catholics.

Of the 334,998,000 or so people who live in America, 20.8% are Roman Catholic.

That’s 69,679,000, or thereabouts.1 (2014 estimate)

You’re not as likely to meet a Catholic in America as you are in Mexico, Poland, Kenya, or the Philippines.

But if you live in the United States, the odds are pretty good that you know one, or that someone you know does.

We’re Hispanic, white, black, American Indian, Asian, and other ethnicities.

And we’ve been here for quite a while. Baltimore became the seat of the first American diocese in 1789: and the first archdiocese in 1808.


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