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Spring 2018 Vol. 38 - No. 188 The Church in China Facing Severe Political Pressure



STATISTICS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CHINA (2017)


Compiled by the Holy Spirit Study Centre (up to December 31, 2017)  

Number of Catholics: about 10 million
   
Number of Dioceses: 144 (112 dioceses, + 31 other administrative territories) 96 (according to the Chinese Government)
   
Number of Bishops: 101 (77 in ministry, 24 not in ministry)

Open Bishops:

58 in ministry, 7 not in ministry

Underground Bishops:

19  in ministry, 17 not in ministry
   
Number of Priests:  

Open Church:

2,550

Underground Church:

1,320
   
Number of Seminaries and Seminarians:  

Major Seminaries:

8, with 398 seminarians

Minor Seminaries:

10, with 300 seminarians

Underground Seminaries:

6, with 100 seminarians
   
Number of Sisters:  

Open Church:

3,170 in about 87 congregations (2015 figure)

Underground Church:

1,400 in about 37 congregations (2015 figure)
   
Sisters’ Novitiates: (The figure to be re-assessed.)
 

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