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读新闻学英语——穆斯林首超天主教徒

(2008-03-31 14:54:44)
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Muslims more numerous than Catholics

(Agencies)
Updated: 2008-03-31 07:00

Vatican City -- Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.

梵蒂冈城——梵蒂冈周日的报纸称:伊斯兰教已经超过了天主教,成为世界第一大宗教。

 

"For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook.

He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population -- a stable percentage -- while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.

“历史上第一次,我们没有排在头名:穆斯林已经追上了我们。”Vittorio Formenti 阁下(由罗马主教授予男性神职人员的称谓和官职)在接受梵蒂冈报纸L'Osservatore Romano访问时如是说。Formenti编撰了梵蒂冈的年鉴。他说天主教徒占世界人口的17.4——这是个稳定的比例——而穆斯林已占全球人口的19.2。

 

"It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer," the monsignor said.

这位阁下说:“众所周知,穆斯林家庭一直有很多孩子,而天主教家庭里的孩子则越来越少。”

 

Formenti said that the data refer to 2006. The figures on Muslims were put together by Muslim countries and then provided to the United Nations, he said, adding that the Vatican could only vouch for its own data.

Formenti说他的数据是2006年的。穆斯林的数字由穆斯林国家汇总后提交给联合国。他还补充道:梵蒂冈只对自己的数据负责。(我猜应该是说对天主教徒的数据负责吧)

 

When considering all Christians and not just Catholics, Christians make up 33 percent of the world population, Formenti said.

Formenti说,如果考虑到全部信仰基督的教徒,而不仅仅是天主教徒,那么基督教徒占世界人口的33%。

 

Spokesmen for the Vatican and the United Nations did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

梵蒂冈发言人和联合国发言人没有立即回应周日寻求评论的电话。

 

这位阁下提供的“穆斯林人数不断增长”的原因虽然不能说不客观,但也不能否认许多原先不信仰伊斯兰教的人大批皈依伊斯兰教~~~~~~

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