Catholic Church in Turkmenistan
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All Catholic infrastructure in the country was destroyed by Soviet revolutionaries in the 1920s. In 1997 a request was made to recognize the local Catholic community, but was refused since the local church was not headed by a Turkmen. As of 2010, the church had approximately 100 members and 30 catechumens. In July 2010, the Catholic Mission received official government recognition. Plans are underway to ask permission to build a Catholic church, and to reclaim a Catholic Armenian church in Turkmenbasy that still stands in the west of the country, as well as a church building in Sendar. There are currently two priests and a deacon serving the Catholic population. Mass is celebrated at the Papal embassy in the capital and at parishioners' homes.
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- Fides Staff (2006-09-15). "ASIA/TURKMENISTAN - Minute Catholic community in a land of first evangelisation, despite little religious freedom and no place of worship, dreams of building its own church one day soon". Fides. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-02-10.