ACI Prensa Staff, Mar 2, 2023 / 11:34 am (CNA).
One of the challenges facing the bishops of the Catholic Church in Mexico is the decrease in the number of faithful in the country where Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of America, appeared.
According to data from the 2020 Population and Housing Census cited by the Mexican bishops, Catholics in the country constitute 77.7% of the population, or about 98 million people.
In 1950, Catholics constituted 98.2% of the population; by 1980 the number dropped to 92.6%. In 1990 it continued to decrease down to 89.7%, and in the year 2000 Catholics made up 87.9% of the population.
In 2010, the percentage fell to 82.7% and in 2020 it was down to 77.7%.
Based on the figures for 1950, as of the last census in 2020, the number of Catholics in Mexico has decreased by 20.5%.
To serve these faithful, the Church in Mexico has 19 ecclesiastical provinces consisting of 19 archdioceses and 79 dioceses.
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