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Christians number around 1.25 billion or so in the world and Catholics make up over a billion of those and Protestants (non-Catholic Christians) are the rest and obviously a very small minority with many, many splinter groups and “sects” or denominations.[/quote:ujmama06]

Just a minor correction, but could I point out that there are about 100 million Orthodox Christians and I’m not sure how many (but a large number) Oriental Orthodox. Neither church is Protestant, as I’m sure you’re aware. The Orthodox Church is, in fact, the second largest church after the RCC, though Protestantism is larger if it is considered as a homogeneous whole – which is terribly unrealistic.