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Map: Catholics, cardinals by country

European cardinals the majority at conclave, Latin American and Filipino Catholics less represented despite large populations

Last Updated: March 13, 2013

When the 115 cardinals met in the Vatican to choose the next pope, they elected a spiritual leader for almost 1.1 billion Catholics worldwide. The selection of Pope Francis, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a reflection of the growth of the church in Latin America.


European cardinals make up a majority of the conclave, despite that continent claiming less than one-quarter of the world's Catholics. Far fewer cardinals come from Latin America, Africa and Asia, despite their large Catholic populations. > More: How the conclave works



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