CNA Staff, Apr 27, 2020 / 10:30 am
The number of Catholics in South Korea increased by less than 50,000 in 2019, continuing a trend of slowing growth after a peak following the 2014 apostolic visit by Pope Francis to the country.
According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea, there are 5.91 million Catholics in South Korea's 16 dioceses; an increase of 48,000 over to 2018's total. Catholics make up 11% of the national population.
Overall, the number of Catholics in the country increased by 0.8%, which is slightly lower than last year's increase of 0.9%. In recent years, the Catholic population in South Korea has grown by an average of 1% each year.
Like many countries, South Korea's Catholic population is aging. About one in five South Korean Catholics are over the age of 65, and only 8.5% of Catholics are age 19 or under. A total of 14% of priests are over the age of 65.