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Children at Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto. The Church continues to grow in Africa (CNS)

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

Bishops from Latin America attend a papal Mass in Sao Paolo. Half of the world's Catholics live in the Americas (Photo: CNS)

Number of Catholics, priests, bishops and deacons all increased in 2009, but number of female religious declined

We remain, by a large majority, a Christian culture