Catholic Church in Cyprus and Greece

Pope Prepares for December 2-6 Apostolic Journey

Catholic Church in Cyprus and Greece
(C) Vatican Media

As Pope Francis prepares for his December 2-6 apostolic journey, the Vatican Press Office released the statistics below on the Catholic Church in Cyprus and Greece.

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Statistics of the Catholic Church in Cyprus and Greece as of 31 December 2019 (from the Central Office for Church Statistics)

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

Table 5 – Educational centers owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

Table 6 – Charitable and social centers owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

 

The following are some statistical data relating to the situation of the Catholic Church in Cyprus and Greece as of 31 December 2019:

 

Table 1 – Population and ecclesiastical structure

Cyprus Greece
Area (km2) 9,251 131,957
Population (in thousands) 850 10,867
Density (inhabitants/km2) 92 82
Catholics (in thousands) 38 133
Catholics per 100 inhabitants 4.47 1.22
Ecclesiastical circumscriptions 1 11
Parishes 16 79
Other pastoral centers 1 16
Catholics per pastoral center 2,235 1,397

 

Table 2 – People engaged in activities of the apostolate

Cyprus Greece
Bishops (situation at 31.10.2021) 1 12
Diocesan priests 13 58
Religious priests 33 36
Total priests 46 94
Permanent deacons 3 6
Men religious (other than priests) 8 26
Professed women religious 45 84
Members of secular Institutes
Lay missionaries 230 6
Catechists 50 143

 

Table 3 – Indicators of pastoral workload

Cyprus Greece
Catholics per priest 826 1,412
Catholics per pastoral worker 99 358
Priests per pastoral center 2.71 0.99
Priests per 100 people engaged in activities of the apostolate 12.27 28.57

 

Table 4 – Priestly vocations

Cyprus Greece
Minor seminarians 2
Major seminarians 2 19
Major seminarians per 100,000 inhabitants 0.24 0.17
Major seminarians per 100,000 Catholics 5.26 14.31
Major seminarians per 100 priests 4.35 20.21

 

Table 5 – Educational centers owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

Cyprus Greece
Schools:
Pre-school and primary 10 19
Lower middle and secondary 4 8
Higher and university
Students in:
Pre-school and primary schools 1,298 4,274
Lower middle and secondary schools 607 3,005
Higher and university institutes

 

Table 6 – Charitable and social centers owned / managed by ecclesiastics or religious

Cyprus Greece
Hospitals 1
Clinics
Leper colonies
Homes for the elderly and disabled 6 5
Orphanages and nurseries 1
Family consultation centers 1
Special centers of social education or rehabilitation 1 2
Other institutions 23 7