Christianity in Tajikistan


Christianity in Tajikistan
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Christianity is a minority religion in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan. The World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, states the Russian Orthodox Church as the largest Church. The Lutheran Church has one congregation in Dushanbe and smaller groups in few other places. The World Christian Encyclopedia states here are some members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church[disambiguation needed ]. There are about 3000 Evangelicals.[citation needed] There are around 300 Roman Catholics in Tajikistan.[citation needed]}

There are at least five registered organizations of Baptists. There is at least one congregation of Korean Protestants. There are foreign Christian missions in Tajikistan. In the constitution, freedom of religion is mentioned. Religious communities must be registered by the Committee on Religious Affairs under the Council of Ministers. It is legal to distribute Christian literature. There is generally harmony between Christians and Muslims. In early 2009 Tajikistan enacted a new law on religious practice which essentially limits worship to state-sanctioned forms. The new law imposes censorship on religious literature and restricts performing rituals to state-approved venues. It makes it harder for new religious communities to get registration. This law has been used to ban the Christian aid group[1]

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