U.S. Catholics Comprise 22% of Population

There are one million more Catholics in the United States than the previous year, the 2009 Official Catholic Directory statistics indicate. A press release from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference affirmed Wednesday that the total number of Catholics in the country equals 68,115,001, or 22% of the population. The directory, compiled from information collected from the dioceses, notes 41,489 priests in the country, both diocesan and religious. The 189 seminaries nationwide are training 4,973 students.