The MP quoted America’s Pew Research Center as estimating the number of Orthodox Christians around the world at more than 260 million. More than 54 percent of them live in Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, where Orthodoxy has the most numerous flock. The MP also has parishes in dozens of other countries, including China and Japan. The Pew Center says some 6 billion of the world’s 7 billion people follow an organised religion. There are 2.2 billion Christians of all sorts, 1.6 billion Muslims, and 0.5 billion Hindus.
1 October 2013
Voice of Russia World Service