FOX Fast Facts: The Catholic Church

Some FOX Fast Facts about the Catholic Church in the U.S. and the world:

• Catholic Church established in the U.S. on November 6, 1789 by Pope Pius VI.

• First Catholic diocese: Baltimore, MD in 1789; John Carroll named first bishop.

• There are 195 archdioceses and dioceses in the U.S.

• 17% of the world’s population is Catholic (approximately 1.1 billion).

• 6% of the world’s Catholics are from the U.S. (approximately 67 million).

• 11% of the world’s Catholic priests are from the U.S.

• Catholics comprise the largest religious faith group in the U.S. Congress.

• Five of the nine members of the U. S. Supreme Court are Catholic (Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Alito).

• Catholics comprise 25% of the U.S. military, and are served by an Archbishop for Military Services, Timothy Broglio.

• There are more Roman Catholics than all other Christians combined.