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Dioceses call upon international priests to serve more Catholics




Inside of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica.
Inside of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica.
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The Catholic population continues to grow in the U.S. at a steady one percent per year, but the number of priests has been declining for decades. There are only around 38,000 priests to serve nearly 77 million Catholics.

To fill this gap, dioceses are increasingly inviting priests from around the world to serve their congregations. Reporter Kate Sheehy has the story.