Catholic Church


Republic of Benin (Benin)


Also known as: Benín (español), Benin (Deutsch, Italiano, polski, Português), le Bénin (français), 貝寧 (正體中文), ベナン (日本語), Beninum (latine)

Formerly: Dahomey, French Dahomey

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Porto Novo

Area: 110,622 km²

Population: 11,038,805

Religions: Muslim 27.7%, Roman Catholic 25.5%, Protestant 13.5% (Celestial 6.7%, Methodist 3.4%, other Protestant 3.4%), Vodoun 11.6%, other Christian 9.5%, other traditional religions 2.6%, other 2.6%, none 5.8%

Languages: French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)

Ethnic Groups: Fon and related 38.4%, Adja and related 15.1%, Yoruba and related 12%, Bariba and related 9.6%, Fulani and related 8.6%, Ottamari and related 6.1%, Yoa-Lokpa and related 4.3%, Dendi and related 2.9%, other 0.9%, foreigner 1.9%

Motto: Fraternité, Justice, Travail (French) (Fellowship, Justice, Labour)

Neighbouring Countries: Togo Togo, ↑ Burkina Faso Burkina Faso, ↑ Niger Niger, → Nigeria Nigeria

Jurisdictions (11): Metr. Archdioceses Metr. Archdiocese (2), Dioceses Diocese (9)

Roman Rite (10): Abomey, Cotonou, Dassa-Zoumé, Djougou, Kandi, Lokossa, N’Dali, Natitingou, Parakou, Porto Novo

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Special Churches Special Churches: Cathedrals Cathedrals (11), Basilicas Basilicas (1)

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Papal Visits

Apostolic Nunciature: Benin Archbishop Mark Gerard Miles (55)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence Episcopale du Bénin Bishop Victor Agbanou (77)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (R.E.C.O.W.A.) Bishop Alexis Touabli Youlo (63)

Last updated on 2023.01.25

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