Roman Catholicism in Colombia


Roman Catholicism in Colombia

The Roman Catholic Church in Colombia is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.

It has a high percentage of catholics, with over 35 million adherents - 79,5% of the population. There are 74 dioceses and other territorial jurisdictions.

Catholicism was introduced in 1508. Two dioceses were organized in 1534. There was appreciable Church growth by the mid-17th century, in spite of the variety of Indian languages, government interference, and competition among religious orders. Some persecution followed the declaration of independence from Spain, in 1819.

The Catholic Church is currently organized into 13 ecclesiastical provinces, subdivided into 13 archdioceses and 52 dioceses total, listed at List of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Colombia.

ee also

*Christianity in Colombia


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