Then & now

The Church in Arkansas

Pope
1911: Pius X
2011: Benedict XVI

Bishop of Little Rock
1911: John B. Morris
2011: Anthony B. Taylor

Number of Catholics in Arkansas
1911: about 22,000
2011: 131,976

Churches with resident priest
1911: 42
2011: 69

Missions2011: 38

Total number of churches
1911: 90
2011: 127 (excludes 20 churches without a resident pastor)

Parishes and missions with schools
1911: 44
2011: 28

Infant baptisms
1911: 917
2011: 2,567

Adult baptisms
1911: 205
2011: 186

Total baptisms
1911: 1,122
2011: 2,753 (excluding 201 baptisms of minors)

Deaths
1911: 249
2011: 839

Priests
1911: 70
2011: 111

Religious women
1911: 387
2011: 178

Hospitals
1911: 5
2011: 12

Source: 1911 and 2011 Official Catholic Directories

In the United States

U.S. population
1911: 93,863,000
2011: 310,500,000

Unemployment
1911: 6.7 percent
2011: 9 percent

Cost of a first-class stamp
1911: 2 cents
2011: 44 cents

Bread
1911: 5 cents
2011: $1.39

Milk
1911: 34 cents a gallon
2011: $ 3.11 a gallon

Average income
1911: $983
2011: $37,823

DOW Jones Industrial Average
1911: 82
2011: 12,000

President
1911: William H. Taft
2011: Barack Obama

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