According to a report from an Austrian media, Kurier; the Austrian Bishops’ Conference have estimated that over fifty (50) Muslims including people who practice other religions have been converted to Catholicism and will be baptized this year.
Most of the Muslims who have converted to Catholicism are mainly migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran. This figure is up from one-third in 2015. The Austrian Bishop conference has estimated that the rising number of Muslims-converting-to-Catholicism is expected to increase in 2017 due to the fact that there has been an increase in the number of refugees arriving in Vienna in recent months and because the conversion process, known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, takes up to a year to complete.
The Archdiocese in Vienna is handling between five and 10 adult baptism requests per week, Kurier says.