Religion in Nauru

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Christianity is the primary religion in Nauru.[1] According to the 2002 census, approximately two-thirds of Christians are Protestant, and the remainder are Catholic.[1]The largest denomination is the Nauru Congregational Church. The ethnic Chinese on the island, approximately 3 to 4 percent of the population, may be Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, or nonreligious.[1] The largely Christian communities of Tuvaluan and I-Kiribati expatriates were repatriated in late 2006 following the near cessation of phosphate mining in the country.[1] The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons said they had small numbers of followers among the native population.[1]

Foreign missionaries introduced Christianity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.[1] There are a few active Christian missionary organizations, including representatives of Anglicanism, Methodism, and Catholicism.[1] The Constitution provides for freedom of religion; however, the Government restricted this right in some circumstances.[1] There are no indications of widespread societal discrimination against particular religious denominations; however, some elements of the Nauru Protestant and Roman Catholic communities occasionally voice discomfort with religious groups perceived as foreign, in particular The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jehovah's Witnesses.[1]

Nauru religiosity
religion percent
Protestantism
  
51%
Catholicism
  
26%
Buddhism
  
11%
Bahá'í
  
9%
others
  
3%


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Nauru. United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (September 14, 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.