Roman Catholicism in Botswana

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The Roman Catholic Church in Botswana is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. Catholics represent about 5-6% of the total population.[1]

History[edit]

Initially Catholic missionaries were not allowed in Botswana by native tribes at the urging the Protestant missionaries who arrived first.[1] Missionaries began to work in Botswana in 1928, and were noted for setting up schools and clinics.[1] In 2006 the church in Francistown started a program to treat refugees infected with AIDS with anti retro viral therapy.[2] As of 2011 there are thirteen seminarians preparing for the priesthood in Botswana.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Zenit Editorial Staff (2011-05-30). "Botswana's Bishop Valentine and His Big Heart". Zenit News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  2. ^ CNA Editorial Staff (2006-06-28). "Catholic Church helps refugees with AIDS in Botswana". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-22.