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Apostolic Trip of His Holiness Francis to Chile and Peru (15 to 22 January 2018) - Statistics, 11.01.2018

Statistics of the Catholic Church in Chile and Peru as of 31 December 2015 (from the Central Office for Church Statistics)

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

Table 5 – Educational centres owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

Table 6 – Charitable and social centres owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

 

The following are some statistical data relating to the situation of the Catholic Church in Chile and Peru as of 31 December 2015:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

 

Chile

Peru

Area (km2)

756,626

1,285,216

Population (in thousands)

18,006

31,152

Density (inhabitants/km2)

24

24

Catholics (in thousands)

13,329

27,911

Catholics per 100 inhabitants

74.0

89.6

Ecclesiastical circumscriptions

27

45

Parishes

960

1,645

Other pastoral centres

3,779

6,303

Catholics per pastoral centre

2,813

3,512

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

 

Chile

Peru

Bishops (Situation on 15.12.2017)

50

68

Diocesan priests

1,175

2,088

Religious priests

1,108

1,273

Total priests

2,283

3,361

Permanent deacons

1,138

65

Men religious (other than priests)

546

422

Professed women religious

4,006

5,568

Members of secular Institutes

472

179

Lay missionaries

1,473

11,120

Catechists

43,547

51,367

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

 

Chile

Peru

Catholics per priest

5,838

8,304

Catholics per pastoral worker

249

387

Priests per pastoral centre

0.48

0.42

Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate

4.36

4.75

 

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

 

Chile

Peru

Minor seminarians

39

689

Major seminarians

568

1,539

Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants

 

3.15

4.94

Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics

4.26

5.51

Major seminarians per 100 priests

24.88

45.79

 

Table 5 – Educational centres owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

 

Chile

Peru

Schools:

 

 

Pre-school and primary

957

995

Lower middle and secondary

597

524

Higher and university

27

90

 

 

 

Students in:

 

 

Pre-school and primary schools

258,366

248,171

Lower middle and secondary schools

392,582

196,165

Higher and university institutes

321,105

68,768

 

Table 6 – Charitable and social centres owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

 

Chile

Peru

Hospitals

18

38

Clinics

39

323

Leper colonies

1

4

Homes for the elderly and disabled

318

90

Orphanages and nurseries

205

244

Family consultation centres

30

145

Special centres of social education or rehabilitation

43

36

Other institutions

447

581