Madrid (Agenzia Fides) – The Archdiocese of Madrid currently has 1,261 missionaries working in 91 countries on five continents. They belong to 158 congregations and religious institutions. Others are members of the diocesan clergy of the Archdiocese of Madrid. According to figures made public recently by the Diocesan Missions Council, there are 646 missionary sisters that belong to 99 congregations.
There are 13 cloistered sisters from 5 congregations, 311 religious (priests and brothers) from 40 congregations, 95 members of the diocesan clergy, and 196 religious clergy (from 14 congregations). Regarding geographical distribution, the largest number of missionaries from Madrid (887) carries out its work in the Americas, where they are present in 23 countries (first in Peru, with 119 missionaries, followed by Venezuela, the United States, Chile, and Colombia).
In second place is Africa, where 211 missionaries are working in 33 countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (31), Angola (24), Equatorial Guinea (23), and Mozambique (18). In Europe, there are 58 missionaries from Madrid distributed in 18 countries: France (9), Portugal (8), Kazakhstan, Austria, and Italy (5). In Asia, there are 93 missionaries working in 15 countries: Japan (23), Philippines (18), and India (17). Finally, in Oceania there are 12 missionaries from the Archdiocese of Madrid: 10 in Australia and 2 in Guam (Micronesia). (SL) (Agenzia Fides 31/08/2010)