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« on: Mar 31, 2008 12:24 AM »

According to the chief statistician of the Vatican, Muslims now outnumber Catholics worldwide. However, Christendom's 33 percent of world population looms over Islam's 19 percent overall.

By Martin Barillas

Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, the compiler of the 2008 Pontifical Yearbook and director of the Vatican statistical service, said that the number of Muslims has overtaken that of Catholics worldwide.

According to an interview in the Italian-language version Osservatore Romano newspaper this weekend, Monsignor Formenti said “"For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us," and said that Muslims now make up 19.2 percent of the population of the world as opposed to Catholicism’s 17.4 percent.

Even so, Monsignor Formenti said that if all Christendom is considered: Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians – that Christians make up 33 percent of the world population or 2 billion people. The entire human population of the world now surpasses 6.6 billion.

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 31, 2008 11:00 PM »

As salaamu alaikum

I found it interesting, okay puzzling, that the figure given for Muslims when compared to Catholics was 19.2%, yet in the photos on AOL talking about the global population by religious affiliation, the figure for Muslims was given as 22%.   Now dealing with data all day, someone (you know the mystery someone) needs to explain the 2.8% discrepancy and I know it's not due to rounding since that would make the figure 19%.

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