Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - The missionaries of the Archdiocese of Madrid, operating in 84 nations of the five continents, are currently 602 and belong to 122 religious institutes and congregations, as well as the clergy of the Archdiocese of Madrid. According to recent figures from the "Consejo Diocesano de Misiones" sent to Fides, there are 180 religious missionaries in Madrid and belong to 73 congregations, cloistered nuns are 6 out of 5 congregations, 124 religious out of 29 institutes, 76 are religious members of the diocesan clergy and 216 are of the religious clergy, of 15 congregations or institutes.
Regarding the geographical distribution, the highest number of missionaries from Madrid, 338, carry out their work in America, where they are present in 25 countries: in first place Peru where 52 missionaries operate, followed by Mexico, Venezuela, United States. In Africa there are 68 missionaries who work in 21 countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia among the first for the number of missionaries present. In Europe, the missionaries from Madrid are 123, distributed in 21 countries: the first in France, then Italy, Portugal, Germany. In Asia 61 missionaries operate in 15 countries: in Japan there are 16, followed by the Philippines and China. Finally there are 12 missionaries of the Archdiocese of Madrid in Oceania: 10 in Australia and 2 in Guam (Micronesia). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 14/07/2017)