Congo, Republic of the
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (52.9%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 1]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 24]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 15]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 2015
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 August 16, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

Conscious of the necessity to preserve … the secular … character of the State,

Article 1.

The Republic of the Congo is … secular

Article 15.

None may be favored or disadvantaged by virtue … of their … religious … convictions.

Article 24.

The freedoms of belief and of conscience are guaranteed.

The use of religion for political ends is prohibited.

Any manipulation, any forced recruitment [embrigadement] of conscience, any constraints [sujetions] of any nature imposed by any religious … fanaticism are prohibited and punished by the law.

Article 58.

It is prohibited to the political parties to identify themselves … with a religion …

Article 61.

The political parties must, to be recognized, conform to the following principals:

--the respect of the … secular … character of the State.

Article 240.

The … secular character of the State may not be made the object of revision.


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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