How the Catholic World Is Changing
Since Vatican II, Catholicism has experienced a dramatic shift in allegiance by region. Here is a global look at the demographics of the faith since 1965.After the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) ushered in the modern age of Catholicism through reforms in church traditions and teachings, a turning point came in the global demographics of the faith as well. In 1965, the number of Catholics worldwide far exceeded those for all other Christian traditions combined, and there were about six Catholics for every five Muslims, according to figures from the Association of Religion Data Archives.
By 2010, the world looked relatively less Catholic. The Catholic population had risen by some 70%, but Islam’s had tripled, and Catholic and non-Catholic Christians claimed a similar number of adherents. Christians overall still outnumbered Muslims, however, and Catholicism remained by far the largest Christian denomination.
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