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More Muslims than Catholics

Rueter's reported today Islam is now the largest single religious denomination in the world, pushing Roman Catholiicism from the top spot the Vatican said on Sunday.

Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 percent, making it the first time in history catholicism is not at the top.

According to the Vatican there are about 1.13 billion Catholics in the world Muslim's genrally are estimated to be around 1.3 billion, Rueters reported.

The number of Catholics in proportion to the world population is said by Formenti to be stable. However, Rueters repored he said the percentage of Muslims is groeing because of higher birth rates.