Just few “numbers” to give us an idea of the presence of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia. The following statistic is updated to the 31st of December 2011.
The approximate number of CATHOLICS in the Country is 700.000, about 0,7% of the whole population
15 Bishops: 2 emeritus, 12 in charge of Dioceses, 1 Apostolic Prefect;
8 Ethiopians and 7 Expatriates.
372 Priest: 261 Ethiopian Priests 111 Expatriates Priests
853 Sisters: 482 Ethiopian Sisters 371 Expatriates Sisters
31 Brothers: 20 Ethiopian Brothers 11 Expatriates Brothers
54 Religious Congregations : 38 Female Institutes and 16 Male Institutes.
Through her pastoral activities, the Catholic Church reaches out to about 10 million people (about 25% of the population). This without taking into account sponsorship.
These numbers rise a question: if our pastoral activities reach out to quite a large number of Ethiopians, how is it that the Catholic population is only 0.7%?!?