Catholic Church


Republic of Cabo Verde (Cabo Verde)

Cabo Verde

Also known as: Cabo Verde (Deutsch, español, Português), le Cap-Vert (français), Capo Verde (Italiano), Republika Zielonego Przylądka (polski), 佛得角 (正體中文), カーボベルデ (日本語), Insulæ Gorgades (latine), Promontorium Viride (latine)

Formerly: Cape Verde

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Praia

Neighbouring Countries: Mauritania Mauritania, ↘ Senegal Senegal

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Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (2)

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Roman Rite (2): Mindelo, Santiago de Cabo Verde

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Apostolic Nunciature: Cape Verde Archbishop Waldemar Stanisław Sommertag (55)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence des Evêques du Sénégal, de la Mauritanie, du Cap-Vert et de Guinée-Bissau Cardinal Arlindo Gomes Furtado (73)

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

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Cardinal Arlindo Gomes Furtado (73)Arlindo Gomes Furtado (73)

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Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 599,000 Catholics (90.9% of 659,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 43 parishes, 150 other centres

Clergy: 2 bishops (diocesan), 76 priests (41 diocesan, 35 religious), 27 permanent deacons (26 diocesan, 1 religious)

Non-Clergy: 202 religious (7 brothers, 195 sisters), 40 major seminarians, 12 missionaries, 3,150 catechists


Area: 4,033 km²

Population: 560,899

Religions: Roman Catholic 77.3%, Protestant 4.6% (includes Church of the Nazarene 1.7%, Adventist 1.5%, Assembly of God 0.9%, Universal Kingdom of God 0.4%, and God and Love 0.1%), other Christian 3.4% (includes Christian Rationalism 1.9%, Jehovah's Witness 1%, and New Apostolic 0.5%), Muslim 1.8%, other 1.3%, none 10.8%, unspecified 0.7%

Languages: Portuguese (official), Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)

Ethnic Groups: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

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