Dioc., 2; bp, 1; parishes, 11; priests, 18 (10 dioc., 8 rel.); p.d., 1; sem., 13; brs., 2; srs., 33; bap., 184; Caths., 20,000 (.46%); tot. pop., 4,290,000.
Independent republic, former constituent republic of the USSR; capital, Kishinev. The majority of people belong to the Orthodox Church. Catholics are mostly of Polish or German descent.
(The above exert comes from Our Sunday Visitor's 2004 Catholic Almanac and is used on this web site with the publisher's permission.)