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A new study claims faith schools hold countries back. The detail reveals a very different picture

A clear statistical picture is a key part of Christian mission

Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising

The Church has the highest retention rate of any denomination, but the lowest rate of conversions

The new figures have been revealed in the 2016 Vatican yearbook

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

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