Christianity in Guinea-Bissau

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Cathedral in Bissau

Christians in Guinea-Bissau constitute approximately 10 percent (~153,300) of the country's population (1,533,964[1] - 2009 est.). Other sources report, that the population of Christians in Guinea-Bissau may vary from 5 to 13%[2]

Guinea-Bissau is the only Portuguese-speaking nation with a Muslim majority, wherein others are mostly Christian. Christians belong to a number of groups, including the Roman Catholic Church (including Portuguese Guinea-Bissauans) and various Protestant denominations.[2] Christians are concentrated in Bissau and other large towns.[2]

Foreign missionaries operate in the country without restriction.[2]

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respected this right in practice.[2] In 2007, the US government received no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice.[2]

Roman Catholicism[edit]

Most Christians in Guinea-Bissau are Roman Catholic (about 125,000 Catholics in Guinea-Bissau, or just under 10%[3] of the total population).

There are two dioceses:

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  2. ^ a b c d e f International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Guinea-Bissau. 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.
  3. ^ "Guinea-Bissau". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.