Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Archdioceses of Cebu and Manila: A Comparison

From the latest edition of the column of the renowned Vaticanista, Sandro Magister:

Manila has been a cardinal see since 1960, while the other, Cebu, has been one since 1969. At the present time, however, after the dismemberment of the archdiocese of Manila in 2002, Cebu tops Manila in terms of population (4.1 million versus 3.3), number of Catholics (3.6 million versus 2.9), number of secular clergy (326 versus 299), number of religious (1,244 versus 1,000), and above all in terms of the number of seminarians (234 versus 66) and baptisms last year (126,000 versus 67,000), while the capital retains the primacy in religious clergy (353 versus 278). The data are from the 2011 edition of the Annuario Pontificio.

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