Central African Republic
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (42.4%)

Religious Adherents, (2015)2

Central African Republic Middle Africa World
Christian (all denominations combined) 69% 79.9% 29.9%
 
  • Catholic
  • 42.4% 48% 15%
     
  • Protestant
  • 19.7% 14.8% 5.6%
     
  • Pentecostal
  • 6.4% 10.5% 2.8%
     
  • Other and Unknown Christian
  • 0.5% 6.2% 2.3%
    Muslim (all denominations combined) 18.9% 9.6% 22.8%
     
  • Sunni Muslim
  • 18.9% 6.7% 19%
    Ethnoreligionist (incl. Animist, Shamanist) 10.9% 6.3% 2.5%
    Bahai 0.2% 0.4% 0.1%
    Not Religious (incl. Atheist) 1% 0.8% 12%

    Religious Demography3

    The country has an area of 242,000 square miles and a population of 4.4 million. According to the 2005 census, Protestants compose 51 percent of the population, Catholics 29 percent, and Muslims 10 percent. The remainder practices traditional beliefs (animism), although many traditional beliefs are also incorporated into Christian and Islamic practice throughout the country.


    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.  The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. These State Department reports are open source.

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