Religion in Kiribati


Religion in Kiribati

According to 2005 government statistics, major religious groups include: the Roman Catholic Church, 55 percent; Kiribati Protestant Church, 36 percent; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), 3 percent; the Baha'i Faith, 2 percent; and the Seventh-day Adventists, 2 percent. [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90139.htm International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Kiribati] . 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."] Several of the smaller Christian churches claim to have higher numbers of adherents, but there is no independent confirmation. Persons with no religious affiliation account for less than one percent of the population. Members of the Catholic Church are concentrated in the northern islands, while Protestants are the majority in the southern islands.

Missionaries introduced Christianity into the area in the mid-19th century. They are currently present and operate freely.

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respects this right in practice. Societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice occur, but are relatively infrequent.

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kiribati — (gil) Kiribati (fr) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kiribati — This article is about the island nation. For other uses, see Kiribati (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Kiritimati, an island in the Line Islands and part of Kiribati. Republic of Kiribati Ribaberiki Kiribati …   Wikipedia

  • Kiribati — Republic of Kiribati Ribaberikin Kiribati República de Kiribati …   Wikipedia Español

  • Kiribati — Ribaberiki Kiribati (gilbertes.) Republic of Kiribati (engl.) Republik Kiribati …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kiribati — Ki|ri|ba|ti; s: Inselstaat im Pazifischen Ozean. * * * Kiribati     Kurzinformation:   Fläche: 811 km2   Einwohner: (2000) 87 000   Hauptstadt: Bairiki   Amtssprachen: Gilbertesisch, Englisch   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Religion in Bangladesch — গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ Ganaprajātantrī Bāṃlādeś Volksrepublik Bangladesch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kiribati — Republikken Kiribati er et ørige i Stillehavet. Landets 33 øer er spredt over 3.800 kilometer omkring ækvator. Dets navn udtales /kiribas/, som er en mikronesisk transliteration af det tidligere engelske navn for den store gruppe af øerne, the… …   Danske encyklopædi

  • Religion in New Zealand — The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland. Religion in New Zealand is dominated demographically by Christianity, at just over half of the population at the 2006 New Zealand Census[1] although regular church attendance …   Wikipedia

  • Religion in Nauru — Christianity is the primary religion in Nauru. [http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90147.htm International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Nauru] . United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (September 14, 2007). This article… …   Wikipedia

  • Religion in Samoa — Mulivai Cathedral, Apia (Catholic), Samoa. The earthquake damaged Cathedral has now been demolished …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.