Monday, March 3, 2003

Priest Shortage Beat:

When a church feels more like a hermitage

Latin America experiencing a dire shortage of priests

According to the Church's Statistical Yearbook, there are 20,874 baptized Catholics per priest in Cuba; 14,035 in Honduras; 10,809 in Nicaragua. By comparison, in Ireland there are 870 Catholics per priest; in the United States 1,312; in Spain 1,362; and in Italy 1,017.

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