WASHINGTON D.C. – Recently, a new report showed that while the number of Christians in Europe and the Americas has declined during the last century, it is now growing significantly in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
The report on global Christianity, which was released last December 19 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, stated in detail the size as well as the distribution of Christian populations all over the world.
The analysis reported that although the size of Christians living in Europe 100 years ago, there is “no single continent or region” today that can “indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity.”
Both the number of Christians as well as the total population of the world has increased rapidly during the last 100 years. While the Christian population has inflated from about 600 million in 1910 to over 2 billion last year, Christianity still represent about a third of the world’s total population.
Statistics also reported that the proportion of Christians in Europe has greatly decreased over the last century.
During 1910, Europe has over 66 percent of the world’s Christians and now by 2010, the number had dropped below 26 percent. Christians represented 95 percent of the European population in that year, and 100 years later, they are now only 76 percent of the population.
The amount of Christians in the Americas also declined, only representing 86 percent of the population in last year and down from 96 percent a century before.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of the population of Christians increased drastically, from nine percent in 1910 to 63 percent in last year. The region now has nearly a quarter of the world’s total Christian population, which was up from less than two percent compared in 1910.
Christianity has also increased in the Asia-Pacific region. Christians there now represent seven percent of the population in the area. This is an increase from three percent at the beginning of the 20th century. About 13 percent of the world’s Christians are situated in the Asia-Pacific region which is compared to only 4.5 percent a century ago.
The report showed that Catholics comprises approximately half of the global Christian population including 1.1 billion members around the world.
Brazil has the biggest number of Catholics compared to any country with almost 134 million people who are members of the Catholic Church.
The United States has the world’s fourth-largest Catholic population. Approximately 74.4 million of the population is identified as Catholic and almost half the number is Protestant.
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