Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $39,095 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Ireland's Catholic population grows, but percentage declines

Catholic World News - October 23, 2012

Ireland’s Catholic population has reached its highest recorded level, but the percentage of Catholics in the country’s population has declined, the latest census figures show.

The absolute number of Catholics in Ireland has risen especially since 2004, when the free movement of people in the European Union led to an influx of immigrants, especially from Poland.

Nevertheless, the growth of other religious groups—and of people reporting no religious affiliation—has led to a decrease in the Catholic proportion of Ireland’s population. Today Catholics account for 84% of the total, down from 96% in 1961.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($126,588 to go):
$150,000.00 $23,411.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod: It's a Wrap! 1 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results 3 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 8 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6