Catholic Church 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 of 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]

Organization[edit]

The church in Botswana is organized into the Diocese of Gaborone, which serves the southern portion of the country, and the Apostolic Vicariate of Francistown, which serves the faithful of northern communities.

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.