To be honest there is NOTHING new here. Pope Francis, if anything,
is being very consistent as to his vehement opposition to same-sex marriage and is deep-seated opposition
to what he sees as ‘capitalism‘.
It has now become customary for the Vatican to publish these Catholic statisticsfor the host country
ahead of each papal visit.
They typically tend to be slightly optimistic
and about 9 to 18 months out-of-date — given that they insist on using numbers that they maintain in Rome as opposed to those available directly from the country.