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Priests shortage means extra work for the faithful

A shortage of men taking Holy Orders is putting a strain on those already in the priesthood with each Parish priest now responsible for 1.7 parishes here in Austria.

The diocese of Gurk statistically has the most work for its priests with each having to care for 2.2 parishes.

The lowest is in the diocese of St Pölten with each priest having to care for 1.3 parishes.

According to research by the Austrian Press Agency APA there are 3,045 parishes in Austria for the 1,790 priests.

That means of the 5.41 million Catholics in Austria there are 3,022 people per priest.

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