With boost from Africa, world's Lutherans now number 64 million

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2001

GENEVA (AP) -- Membership in the Lutheran church increased from 63.1 million to 64 million last year, with the greatest growth occurring in Africa, the Lutheran World Federation reported. A year ago, Asia posted the biggest increase.

Of the 835,000 new African members, 766,000 joined Ethiopia's Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, which now has 3.3 million adherents and is the continent's largest Lutheran body.

Lutheran totals declined slightly in Europe and North America for 2000.

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