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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (82.1%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 recognition only [Preamble, Article 44(1)]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 44(2)(1°)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 44(2)(3°)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1937
Last Amended3 2015
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Original was written in English.
Current as of3 July 20, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,

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Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial ...

Article 6.

(1) All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people ...

Article 40.

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(6) ...

(2) Laws regulating the manner in which the right of forming associations and unions and the right of free assembly may be exercised shall contain no ... religious ... discrimination.

Article 42.

(1) The State ... guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious ... education of their children.

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(4) The State shall ... provide other educational facilities or institutions with due regard, however, for the rights of parents, especially in the matter of religious and moral formation.

Article 44.

(1) The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.

(2) (1°) Freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion are, subject to public order and morality, guaranteed to every citizen.

(2°) The State guarantees not to endow any religion.

(3°) The State shall not impose any disabilities or make any discrimination on the ground of religious profession, belief or status.

(4°) Legislation providing State aid for schools shall not discriminate between schools under the management of different religious denominations, nor be such as to affect prejudicially the right of any child to attend a school receiving public money without attending religious instruction at that school.

(5°) Every religious denomination shall have the right to manage its own affairs, own, acquire and administer property, movable and immovable, and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes.

(6°) The property of any religious denomination or any educational institution shall not be diverted save for necessary works of public utility and on payment of compensation.


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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