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Apostolic Trip of His Holiness Francis to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (22 to 25 September 2018) – Statistics, 14.09.2018

Statistics of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as of 31 December 2016 (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 Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as of 31 December 2016:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Area (km2)

65,200

64,600

45,100

Population (in thousands)

3,243

1,980

1,316

Density (inhabitants/km2)

50

31

29

Catholics (in thousands)

2,590

413

6

Catholics per 100 inhabitants

79.9

20.9

0.5

Ecclesiastical circumscriptions

8

4

1

Parishes

712

263

9

Other pastoral centres

227

22

6

Catholics per pastoral centre

2,758

1,449

400

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Bishops (situation at 31.07.2018)

17

8

1

Diocesan priests

708

138

15

Religious priests

101

28

2

Total priests

809

166

17

Permanent deacons

3

1

-

Men religious (other than priests)

20

-

-

Professed women religious

557

99

30

Members of secular Institutes

11

12

-

Lay missionaries

-

64

12

Catechists

930

270

5

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Catholics per priest

3,202

2,488

353

Catholics per pastoral worker

1,104

666

92

Priests per pastoral centre

0.86

0.58

1.13

Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate

35.2

28.1

27.7

 

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Minor seminarians

2

-

-

Major seminarians

44

12

7

Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants

 

1.36

0.61

0.53

Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics

1.70

2.90

116.7

Major seminarians per 100 priests

5.44

7.23

41.18

 

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

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Schools:

 

 

 

Pre-school and primary

135

6

3

Lower middle and secondary

331

3

-

Higher and university

9

1

-

 

 

 

 

Students in:

 

 

 

Pre-school and primary schools

21,570

532

517

Lower middle and secondary schools

84,321

96

-

Higher and university institutes

8,807

53

-

 

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

 

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Hospitals

3

-

-

Clinics

-

-

-

Leper colonies

-

-

-

Homes for the elderly and disabled

26

1

-

Orphanages and nurseries

29

-

-

Family consultation centres

48

2

-

Special centres of social education or rehabilitation

4

2

-

Other institutions

88

-

-