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(Source: Church of Scientology International, January 2010)



Led by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, Scientologists are celebrating a renaissance of their faith. Today, the Church of Scientology has expanded to more than 8,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 165 nations-doubling the number in the last five years. This year alone, the Church completed a $40 million restoration of one of its oldest landmark buildings and inaugurated five major new Church buildings in Malmo, Dallas, Nashville, Rome and Washington, DC. Current demand for L. Ron Hubbard's books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology has outstripped the last five decades combined, approaching 70 million distributed in the last two years. All the while the Church's ever growing humanitarian programs in the fields of anti-drug, human rights, morals education and disaster relief have positively impacted hundreds of millions of lives.

As the decade comes to a close, Scientologists world over are celebrating their religion's most expansive year to date. 2009 marked the 25th Anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists, the official membership organization of Scientology. In addressing the more than 7,000 Scientologists and guests in attendance at the anniversary event on October 16th in England, Mr. David Miscavige praised members for their dedication and contribution to the tremendous accomplishments of the Church to date and expressed his optimism for the future of Scientology:

"Our battles of yesterday were to stay alive. Our battles of tomorrow are to overcome the obstacles to eternity itself. Because we have never taken our eye off the ultimate prize, we stand where we are today. Twenty-five years of magnificent accomplishment and a future more glorious than we could have ever imagined."

The scriptures of Dianetics and Scientology are comprised of over 500,000 pages and over 3,000 recorded lectures by Founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Since July 2007, over 67 million copies of L. Ron Hubbard's basic books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology have been distributed. (During the Church's first 50 years a total of 39 million copies of L. Ron Hubbard's works on Dianetics and Scientology were in circulation.) With all of these materials available in 15 languages, and the nine basic books now available in 50 languages, the total number of Dianetics and Scientology translations over the last decade is 10 times the previous five decades combined. In recognition of this fact, the Guinness World Records acknowledged L. Ron Hubbard as the world's most translated author.

In-house digital publishing facilities can print over 500,000 books and 925,000 recorded lectures on CD per week

The demand for L. Ron Hubbard's materials has grown exponentially in the last year with the numbers of new people coming into Churches and Missions to find out about Scientology growing in the same fashion. Indeed, the Scientology religion is now enjoying its greatest era of expansion in history, with public demand for L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures escalating across more than 165 countries.

To keep pace with the demand, the Church operates two state-of-the-art digital printing and CD manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles and Copenhagen.

In 2009, the Church's publication arm, Bridge Publications, Inc. in Los Angeles, opened a 274,000-square-foot digital in-house printing and manufacturing facility, thereby increasing its publishing capacity to 500,000 books and 925,000 CDs per week, an increase of 660% over 2007.

State-of-the-art film and audio studios with the most advanced digital recording and editing equipment in the world.

In June 2009 the Church celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the Maiden Voyage of the Freewinds religious retreat and annual religious convocation for advanced Scientologists. During this week-long series of events and seminars, Mr. Miscavige announced "the single most momentous advance in Dianetics technology" since the original publication of Dianetics on May 9, 1950. The project, four years in the making and personally directed by Mr. Miscavige, resulted in 32 films totaling 4 ½ hours. The films have been translated into 15 languages. They put Dianetics fully into visual form, making the subject universally accessible to everyone.

June also saw the release of educational films to support Church-sponsored social betterment and humanitarian programs. The first of these was the new, full-length Truth About Drugs documentary giving addicts and at-risk youth the chance to find out from those who have lived it, exactly how addiction shatters lives. The second was The Story of Human Rights, an educational film which provides a short, concise and powerful lesson in the history and necessity of human rights and the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

October marked the completion and release of the feature-length film, The Way to Happiness. This 2-hour film presents this nonreligious common sense guide to moral living by L. Ron Hubbard.

Church-sponsored humanitarian programs touch the lives of hundreds of millions in 2009.

The Church-sponsored humanitarian programs using the latter three films reached hundreds of millions of people in 2009 and billions since their inception.

The Church-sponsored anti-drug education initiative ("Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life") is the largest nongovernmental anti-drug campaign in the world and, through the airing of public service announcements, distribution of free drug education booklets and events promoting a drug-free life, it has reached over 853 million people since its inception.

The Church-sponsored human rights education program ("United for Human Rights") is the largest in the world and based entirely on raising awareness of the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through the airing of public service announcements, human rights symposiums and events and distribution of human rights educational materials, the campaign has reached over 943 million people since it commenced.

The Church-sponsored morals program based on the common-sense guide to living, The Way to Happiness, has now reached nearly 800 million people through its public service announcements, educational materials and Set a Good Example contests.

The Church of Scientology's Volunteer Ministers, over 200,000 strong, have helped over 1.4 million people in times of disaster in 2009 alone. The motto of Scientology's Volunteer Ministers is "Something Can Be Done About It."

Mr. Miscavige is driving a movement now spanning the world with new Ideal Churches of Scientology.

Mr. Miscavige's vision sets the direction for the acquisition, design and planning of new Churches-quite literally from inception to ribbon cutting. For the past five years, the Church has dedicated itself to a program to locate, renovate and open new Scientology Churches to service its parishioners and their communities around the world. Since the launch of this program five years ago, over 70 new buildings have been acquired internationally. Real estate holdings have increased from 5.6 million square feet in 2004 to over 11 million in 2009, with over 600,000 square feet of renovations completed in just 2009.

14 March 2009: At the Church's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, the Fort Harrison Hotel opened in March 2009 after a $40 million renovation and restoration. The building was stripped virtually bare and rebuilt from its core, including the installation of new state-of-the-art systems. This landmark still bears its hallmark historical touches, however, including replication of the lobby's original black wrought iron work and gold leaf moldings. The resurfacing of the entire exterior with added architectural detailing makes this religious retreat even more beautiful than at its legendary beginning in 1926, when she was known as "the Aristocrat of Southern Florida Hotels."

4 April 2009: Three weeks after the inauguration of the new Fort Harrison, a new Church of Scientology in the Swedish seacoast city of Malmö was formally opened by Mr. Miscavige. European dignitaries and guests from 32 nations gathered to celebrate a historic day: dedication of the 72,000-square-foot landmark Church of Scientology, acquired, designed, renovated and opened in less than six months.

11 April 2009: One week later, in Dallas, Texas, a 41,000-square-foot Church opened its doors. With Mr. Miscavige officiating, the Church of Scientology Dallas was formally welcomed to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by City of Irving Mayor Herbert Gears.

25 April 2009: The month of April ended with the grand opening of the new 36,000 square-foot Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre Nashville. The opening of the new Church building in Music City USA, an historical landmark, was again led by Mr. Miscavige and joined by scores of local dignitaries, residents and visiting artists totaling over 3,000 guests.

24 October 2009: In October, more than 6,000 people gathered in Rome's Casalotti de Boccea district to celebrate the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology Rome. The 69,000-square-foot Church, situated on 28 acres of parkland, marks the largest expansion to date for Scientology in its 30-year history in Italy. Mr. David Miscavige welcomed parishioners to their new home. The new Church will serve parishioners of Central Italy and other regions of the Mediterranean.

31 October 2009: One week later, the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, originally established in 1955 by Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, opened its new premises six blocks from the White House and minutes from the Capitol Mall. Attended by nearly 3,000 Scientologists and guests, the celebration was presided over by Mr. David Miscavige. The newly acquired and fully restored 49,000-square-foot historical building now represents the largest Scientology presence in DC in Church history. Its grand opening now brings the Church of Scientology's presence in the nation's capital to three very important properties: The new Embassy Building providing all Church services for parishioners of Washington DC; the original Founding Church premises where L. Ron Hubbard personally worked, now fully restored and open to the public as a heritage property of the Church's history; and the Church's well-known Fraser Mansion at DuPont Circle which will now become the Church's National Affairs Office.

30 November 2009: The Spanish Tax Agency has recognized the Church of Scientology of Spain as a social non-profit organization, granting a certificate of recognition in Madrid.

The Church of Scientology looks to 2010 for further unprecedented growth, with greater expansion and success in ministering to its parishioners and their communities than ever in its history.

This year has marked the greatest expansion in Scientology's history. The Church looks to 2010 for even greater success with scores of new Churches and Advanced Organizations on the horizon. New Churches are scheduled to open in Pasadena, California; Inglewood, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington; Harlem, New York; Portland, Oregon; Twin Cities, Minnesota; Boston, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio; Quebec, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; Tel Aviv, Israel; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Additionally and most significantly, the doors will open to the newly constructed 375,000-square-foot Church serving as spiritual headquarters for the religion, located in Clearwater, Florida.

Most importantly, 2010 will bring the completion of a decades-long project to restore and make available the complete library of Mr. Hubbard's works, including hundreds of his over 3,000 recorded lectures never heard beyond his original audience.

Earlier Statistics (June 2009)

- Between 2004 and 2009 the Church's property holdings internationally have more than doubled. The combined size of Church premises increased from 5.6 million square feet in 2004 to 11 million square feet in 2009.

- The Church has acquired 66 buildings since 2004 in major population centers around the world.

- The Church has completed 401,003 square feet of construction of new premises in the last 5 months. It currently has under construction another 475,887 square feet, including Churches in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Quebec, Mexico City, Brussels, Rome and Tel Aviv.

- There are 8,071 Scientology Churches, Missions and groups in 165 nations, double the number five years ago.

- 80 million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology have been sold in the last decade, compared to 5.6 million in the prior decade, and 60 of that 80 million have been sold in the last two years-more than during the first 50 years of Dianetics and Scientology combined.

- The number of individuals completing auditing and training has doubled since 2007.

- Since the Church undertook to publish and reproduce its scriptural materials in-house in 2007, the average price of Mr. Hubbard's books and lectures sold has decreased dramatically.

- There were 12.4 million visitors to the Scientology website in the last year alone coming from 234 countries, with 23 million video views.

- 4.5 million pages of L. Ron Hubbard's writings have been translated in the last 10 years alone compared to a total of 359,459 for the prior 50 years, making him the most translated author in history-according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

- Today there are 196,000 Scientology Volunteer Ministers worldwide-there were 45,000 in 2004. Volunteer Ministers helped over 1.4 million people in the last year alone, a 300% increase over the 2004 figure of 550,000 people helped.



Older statistics


There are presently 7,731 churches, missions and groups in 164 countries worldwide. Membership has increased from 6.1 million in 2000 to approximately 10 million at the end of 2007.

Scientology operates freely all over the world and has hundreds of religious recognitions from courts and government administrative bodies.

Scientology has been formally recognized as a religion in each of the following countries: Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. The most recent notable decisions include the following:

On April 5, 2007, a decision rendered by the European Court of Human Rights, found that Scientology constitutes a religious community, enunciating a principle binding on all 47 member states that comprise the Council of Europe.

On 31 October 2007, the National Court in Madrid, Spain issued a landmark decision affirming the right to religious freedom by recognizing that the National Church of Scientology of Spain should be entered in the Registry of Religious Entities. The Ministry of Justice complied with the court’s order on 13 December 2007. Scientology first came to Spain in the late 1960s. In 2004, the Church opened a large new headquarters for the National Church of Scientology of Spain in the heart of Madrid.

On 5 November 2007, the Church of Scientology of Portugal was officially recognized as a religious organization under that country’s new religious registration law.

On 3 December 2007, the South African Revenue Service granted the Church of Scientology the status of a Public Benefit Organization as a religious entity with full tax exemption.


Hubbard’s research on the spirit, the mind and life is recorded in the 35 million words that comprise Dianetics and Scientology. These are contained in 8,000 pages of text, 29,000 pages of individual issues organized into encyclopedic series, and more than 3000 recorded lectures.

In 1987, the annual distribution of L. Ron Hubbard’s books averaged 3 million copies annually. Such is the demand that in 2007, it is now over 10.95 million copies per year.

As of the end of 2007, the total number of L. Ron Hubbard’s books distributed reached 239,584,515.



Volunteer Ministers
The Church’s biggest effort to provide help to the world at large is the Volunteer Minister Program. In all, the Volunteer Ministers have helped more than 10.8 million people in the past six years, and with more than 115,000 active members of the Volunteer Minister Corps, on call at any time for any situation.

Human Rights Campaigns
The Church sponsors an international human rights awareness campaign in coordination with Youth for Human Rights International.

The campaign features the children and adult guidebooks communicating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in simple, understandable terms. These guidebooks are published in 21 languages.

Utilizing school lessons, athletic events, contests and an annual worldwide educational tour, it is aimed at increasing worldwide awareness of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

30 Public Service Announcements, one for each of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, flank the campaign and have aired on more than 3,200 TV stations.

It has been commended by the United Nations, Amnesty International, and other international human rights organizations for its work.

To date, the campaign has reached 600 million people in 81 countries.

Citizen Commission on Human Rights
In 1969, the Church of Scientology established the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights and to clean up the field of mental healing. First established in the United Kingdom, it is today a leading international watchdog on issues of mental health, with 250 chapters in 34 countries.

Since its establishment, CCHR has educated parents, teachers, legislators and policy makers on the lack of science in psychiatry, the often-fatal dangers of psychiatric treatments and the profession’s effect on society as a whole through 14 million booklets, informational pamphlets, investigatory white papers and public advocacy advertisements; two books; 14 documentary films; a museum documenting the abuses of psychiatry and 11 traveling exhibitions. These educational materials have reached over 1.8 billion people.

As a result, CCHR is responsible for more than 100 pieces of legislation protecting the human rights of mental patients.

Drug Rehabilitation
Scientologists support Narconon, a drug-free rehabilitation program utilizing L. Ron Hubbard’s techniques in handling drug addiction. Narconon was founded in 1966 when an inmate in the Arizona State Prison read one of L. Ron Hubbard’s books on Scientology and wrote to Mr. Hubbard asking his help to kick a life-long drug habit. Since then, tens of thousands of people have graduated the Narconon program.

Today, Narconon operates from its main drug rehabilitation facility at Arrowhead in Oklahoma, which also serves as a training center for drug rehabilitation professionals and volunteers from around the world. Narconon operates a network of 177 groups operating in 43 nations, including 47 residential facilities, and Narconon drug educators have lectured to 15 million students.

For more than three decades, Scientologists have supported the Applied Scholastics network – using Hubbard’s technology of literacy and learning, known as study technology. In 2003, Applied Scholastics established a massive, 100-acre educator training campus in St. Louis (Applied Scholastics International).

Since opening their new campus, Applied Scholastics has already doubled the number of teachers they have trained in study technology, now numbering more than 98,000.

In 2007, Applied Scholastics has opened 65 new schools and study groups, including in Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Slovakia, now totaling more than 763 centers and schools in 67 countries.

Among the literacy centers in the Applied Scholastics network is the Hollywood Literacy and Education Project, (H.E.L.P.), a non-profit, community based program, developing literacy and related skills through one-on-one mentoring and study techniques and at no cost to the participants. It was established in Hollywood, California in 1997. H.E.L.P. has been supported by many prominent Scientologists including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Anne Archer and others. H.E.L.P. has ongoing projects in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, England and Scotland. It has helped over 8,700 people, mainly youth, and trained over 500 community mentors and tutors.

The Way to Happiness
Scientologists are active in a program to promote morality and decency, using The Way to Happiness a non-religious common sense guide to living consisting of 21 precepts that represent the world’s first non-religious moral code. In the fall of 2003, a new International Headquarters for The Way to Happiness Foundation was established in Glendale, California, to coordinate the worldwide network. The Way to Happiness is now published in 94 languages, including Braille, with over 76 million copies distributed in 131 nations.

From the need to remedy this glaringly destructive societal flaw—and using Hubbard’s research data —Criminon (which means “without crime”) was founded in New Zealand in 1970. It started off as a
branch of Narconon but is now an independent organization. It operates within the penal system to rehabilitate criminals and restore their sense of self-worth so that they can again become productive members of society.

Criminon is active in more than 2,035 prisons in 36 countries, with 70,000 inmates having done the program in the last six years alone.

New York Detox Program
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, the collapse of the towers brought unprecedented toxic exposures. With that came long-term health and job fitness issues for those that risked their lives to save others. On 28 September 2002, Tom Cruise co-founded The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. Since then 850 men and women have successfully completed the program and have restored their health, positive attitude and quality of life.

The detoxification regimen is a medically-supervised detoxification program based on the discoveries of
L. Ron Hubbard. The program is offered free of charge to any emergency worker affected by toxic exposure at the World Trade Center site. The cost of the program is supported by the generous donations of caring individuals like Tom Cruise.