Statistically Speaking

With the passing of Pope John Paul II, Catholics in America and across the world are in the international spotlight. Here are some statistics about world Catholicism and the late Pope?s career:

Number of Catholics in Brazil, the leading country in Catholic population: 151,200,000

Percentage of Vatican City residents who are Catholic: 100

Number of Catholics in the United States as of 2004: 64.3 million

Number of parishes in the United States as of 2004: 19,026

Approximate number of people who attended papal audiences during Pope John Paul II?s reign: 17.8 million

Approximate number of political leaders with whom Pope John Paul II met during his papal career: 1600