Catholic population surges across the Global South

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St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis' inaugural Mass on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis' inaugural Mass on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the number of Catholic priests in the Americas and in Europe is declining compared to the overall Catholic population, those losses were offset by increasing ranks of permanent deacons.