The CBCK Committee for the Pastoral Care of Koreans Living Abroad (President: the Most Rev. Vincent Ri Pyung-ho) released the Statistics of the Overseas Korean Catholics 2009, and it showed that the number of the overseas Korean faithful was about 150,000 as of the late 2009, up approximately 0.7% over 2008. According to the Statistics, the faithful spread in 66 nations on six continents, and the number of Korean Catholics on South America outstood while those on Africa remained the lowest. The rate of the Korean faithful on the other four continents except both South America and Asia, however, slowed down.
The overseas Korean Catholics numbered more than 150,000 for the first time in 2006, and then the number has been growing steadily but the year 2007.