As for the Apostolic Exarchate of Sofia the Statistics for 2010 were much more realistic and precise, at least concerning the numbers of the secular and religious priests, which in the file for 2011 are simply not accurate.
I hadn't thought to look at the stats for the Exarchate, though I should have have. At the end of last year, my brother and friend, ag_vn, and I spent some considerable time compiling directory entries for the Byzantine Bulgarian Church
There are no more than 19 active temples of the Church, and not all of those can truly be termed 'active parishes'.
The number includes at least one geographically remote and ancient church that has no regular schedule of Divine Liturgy and likely is served only for funerals of its village's elderly population. Another is a chapel located in the Resuurectionist Fathers' seminary in Poland which serves to train the Order's Byzantine Bulgarian priests.
Yet another is a beautiful and (relatively) new church, under the patronage of Blessed John Paul II, but in which the Divine Liturgy appears to only be served on major occasions - a nearby monastery chapel being the ordinary place of worship. And, in total, three of the 'parishes' are principally the chapels of monastic or religious communities, perhaps also serving a parish function.
2010 data at left: 2011 data at right
21 - parishes - 21
5 - secular priests - 16
16 - religious priests - 5
20 - male religious - 3
38 - female religious - 65
My brother can speak much more authoritatively than me on the validity of the 2011 versus 2010 data. However, I confidently vouch for what he has said. The Exarchate is very dependent on religious order priests - principally the Assumptionists, the Resurrectionists, and the Salesians of Don Bosco - and its website makes abundantly clear that the numbers of the three orders are significantly more than those of the secular clergy.
And, while Eucharistine and (if memory serves correctly, Carmelite) Sisters serve in the Exarchate, I saw nothing to suggest that their numbers would be nearly double those stated in 2010. As to male religious, I've once again forgotten who exactly is counted in that statistic, but the '3' reported in 2011 may be more accurate for that category.
I don't disagree. It certainly doesn't truly function on the level of a patriarchal exarchate. I believe there is the single small temple pictured in the photos and that the assigned priest serves as patriarchal vicar. It has a diverse but, as I remember, principally Palestinian congregation.
I strongly suspect that, in addition to the desire to provide the Palestinian Melkites with pastoral care, it is symbolically important since Kuwait is among the most religiously tolerant of the Arab states. As well, I believe that it may represent the furthest outpost of the acknowledged 'historical territories' of the Melkite Patriarchate - and, thus, be an important place in which to maintain an ecclesial foothold.