The Sunday Mass-going Catholic population increased by 105,349, or 4 per cent. during 1948, bringing the total to approximately two and three-quarter millions.
This 'latest figure, along with a mass of other interesting statistics, is given in the 1950 edition of the Catholic Directory, to be published on December 20, price 10s. 6d.
This increase in numbers, the directory points out, may partly be attributed to the influx of foreign workers.
During the same period, however, 11,528 adults were received into the Church, an increase of nearly 1,000 over the previous year.
Because of building restrictions, the number of churches and chapels shows practically no increase.
Cardinal Griffin, in referring to the directory, has said: "No effort has been spared to make this edition of the Catholic Directory worthy of this glorious period, for not only has 1950 been proclaimed a Holy Year. but it also marks the centenary of the Hierarchy of England and Wales . ."