Monday, March 31, 2008

Muslims "Overtake" Catholics, Become Largest Religion

According to Allessandra Rizzo of the Associated Press in Vatican City, Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion. See National Geographic report.

The article reports that "Catholics are holding steady at about 17.4 percent of the world population," while "Muslims are now at 19.2 percent."

I've included links to news from around the world today (below). I think it's time the Catholic Church invested in the services of a public relations firm . . . .

Today's news:

Minority Report: Mine's no longer bigger than yours - Islam ...Independent, UK - 7 hours ago By Jerome Taylor According to the Vatican, Islam has overtaken Catholicism as the world's largest single religious denomination for the first time. ...

Islam overtakes Catholicism as world's largest religionTimes Online, UK - 11 hours agoIslam has overtaken Roman Catholicism to become the world's largest single religious denomination, according to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. ...

Vatican says Muslims more numerous than CatholicsReuters UK, UK - 13 hours ago VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The number of Muslims has overtaken the number of Roman Catholics in the world, a Vatican official said on Sunday. ...

Religion's evolution tests toleranceToronto Star, Canada - 17 hours ago If the Vatican looked askance at this religious arriviste three kilometres from St. Peter's Basilica, it made no comment. That sumptuous mosque, opened in ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics, Vatican saysTelegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - 18 hours ago By Megan Levy and agencies Muslims now make up 19.2 per cent of the world's population, outnumbering Catholics at 17.2 per cent, according to the Vatican's ...

Number of Muslims ahead of Catholics, says VaticanGuardian, UK - Mar 30, 2008The number of Muslims has overtaken that of Roman Catholics for the first time, the Vatican said yesterday. Muslims account for 19.2% of the world's ...

'Islam world's largest religion'The Press Association - Mar 30, 2008The Vatican acknowledged that Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion. Vittorio Formenti, who compiles the Vatican's yearbook, ...

Muslims More Numerous Than CatholicsABC News - Mar 30, 2008AP By ALESSANDRA RIZZO AP Writer Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday. ...

Muslims now outnumber Catholics worldwide, making Islam the most ...Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY - Mar 30, 2008According to official Vatican figures for 2006, Islam has more than 1.3 billion adherents, comprising 19.2 percent of the global population, ...

Vatican: Muslims outnumber CatholicsRadio Netherlands, Netherlands - Mar 30, 2008Vatican City - A report published by the Vatican says Muslims for the first time outnumber Catholics worldwide. According to the article published in the ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics: Vatican researchTimes of India, India - Mar 29, 2008VATICAN CITY: Muslims outnumber Catholics worldwide, according to the latest count by the Vatican published in its daily newspaper on Saturday. ...

Catholics Outnumbered by Muslims in the World for the First TimeCleveland Leader, OH - 2 hours ago According to the Vatican, for the first time ever, there are more Musliams than Roman Catholics in the world. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti compiled the ...

For the First Time, Muslims Outnumber CatholicsCitizenLink, CO - 4 hours ago The number of Muslims has overtaken the number of Roman Catholics in the world, a Vatican official said Sunday. Muslims make up 19.2 percent of the world's ...

Muslims worldwide outnumber CatholicsFunctionpix, UK - 7 hours ago Figures for 2006 disclose that Muslims comprise 19.2 per cent of the world’s population, and Catholics 17.4 per cent. "For the first time in history we’re ...

Islam Rivals Catholicism as World's Largest FaithAOL News Newsbloggers, VA - 7 hours ago By Justin Paulette The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has reported that Muslims now outnumber Catholics. thus ranking Islam as the world's largest ...

Vatican: Muslims Have Outnumbered Catholics AHN - 8 hours ago Vatican City (AHN) - The official Vatican newspaper announced Sunday that for the first time, the number of Islam followers has surpassed that of Roman ...

Muslims now outnumber Catholics but Christians still leadBreaking News, Trinidad and Tobago - 8 hours ago Muslims now outnumber Catholics for the first time in history, the Vatican said in its newspaper L'Osservatore Romano this weekend. ...

Muslims now outnumber CatholicsCatholic World News - 11 hours ago Rome, Mar. 31, 2008 (CWNews.com) - The world's Catholics are now outnumbered by Muslims, according to the editor of the Vatican's statistical yearbook. ...

Vatican official: World has greater number of Muslims than CatholicsCatholic News Service - 11 hours ago By John Thavis VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican official said that, for the first time, the world's Muslim population is greater than the number of Catholics ...

Vatican Says That Muslims Overtake CatholicsEnews 2.0, UK - 12 hours ago By Ted Moore Vatican has learned that the number of Muslims is greater than the number of Roman Catholics in the world. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti ...

Vatican: Islam World’s Largest ReligionThe Media Line, NY - 13 hours ago Islam has now overtaken Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reports. Monsignor Vittorio Formetti ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics across the world: VaticanExpressindia.com, India - 15 hours ago"For the first time in history we are no longer at the top. The Muslims have overtaken us," the media quoted Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the ...

World & Nation BrieflyUT The Daily Texan, TX - 18 hours ago By AP HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's main opposition party claimed an early lead Sunday in elections amid an ominous silence from the Electoral Commission ...

Islam surpasses Roman Catholicism as world's largest religionGulfNews, United Arab Emirates - 18 hours ago Vatican City: Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the largest religion I the world, the Vatican said on Sunday. According to latest statistics compiled ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics in 2006, 1st time ever: Vatican paperAntara, Indonesia - 21 hours ago Rome (ANTARA News/Kyodo) - The Muslim population in the world exceeded that of Catholics in 2006 for the first time in history, the Vatican daily ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics for first timeScopical, Australia - Mar 30, 2008For the first time in modern history, Muslims now outnumber Catholics, with the Vatican today releasing statistics showing their share of religious ...

Islam 'has overtaken Catholicism'Metro, UK - Mar 30, 2008Muslims now outnumber Catholics, making Islam the single biggest religion in the world, the Vatican has said. More than 19 per cent of the world's people ...

Vatican: Muslims Outnumber CatholicsNewsroom America, New Zealand - Mar 30, 2008Vatican officials said Sunday that Islam has more followers than Roman Catholicism, making it the world's largest religious denomination. ...

More Muslims than Roman CatholicsPoliGazette, Netherlands - Mar 30, 2008According to the Vatican, Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world. Of course: there still are more ...

Islam overtakes Catholic population in numbersSpero News - Mar 30, 2008According to the chief statistician of the Vatican, Muslims now outnumber Catholics worldwide. However, Christendom's 33 percent of world population looms ...

Muslims outnumber CatholicsPRESS TV, Iran - Mar 29, 2008Muslims outnumber Catholics worldwide, according to the latest numbers published by the Vatican in its daily newspaper. According to the Sunday edition of ...

Now Islam overtakes Catholicism as the world's biggest faithScotsman, United Kingdom - Mar 30, 2008By CLAIRE GARDNER ISLAM has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, according to new figures. ...

Vatican: Muslims outnumber CatholicsHEXUS.Lifestyle, UK - 14 hours agoFor the first time in history, Islam has become the most widespread religious denomination, says the Vatican. According to the Vatican's 2008 yearbook of ...

Muslims outnumber Catholics, not ChristiansSunshine Coast Daily, Australia - Mar 30, 2008Roman Catholicism has officially fallen behind Islam as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, according to the Vatican. ...

Vatican: World's Muslims now outnumber CatholicsWBOC TV 16, MD - Mar 30, 2008AP - March 30, 2008 3:33 PM ET VATICAN CITY (AP) - A Vatican official says that for the first time in history, there are more Muslims than Roman Catholics ...

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