David Quinn: It is the religious who shall inherit the earth
IT is the original man-bites-dog story; namely that since the turn of the new century the Catholic Church worldwide hasn't shrunk but has actually grown, and by a very healthy 12pc.
According to the Vatican's annual yearbook, published on Wednesday, the number of Catholics worldwide now stands at 1.16 billion people. Even in secular Europe the number of Catholics has grown, although by only 1pc.
In Asia the number of Catholics is up 16pc and in Africa it is up a whopping 33pc.