Catholic Church


Republic of Guinea-Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)


Also known as: Guinea-Bissau (Deutsch, español, Italiano), la Guinée-Bissau (français), Gwinea Bissau (polski), Guiné-Bissau (Português), 幾內亞比紹 (正體中文), ギニアビサウ (日本語), Guinea Bissaviensis (latine)

Formerly: Portuguese Guinea

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Bissau

Neighbouring Countries: Senegal Senegal, → Guinea Guinea

By Type (3)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (3)

By Rite

Roman Rite (2): Bafatá, Bissau

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Apostolic Nunciature: Guinea-Bissau 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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Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 217,000 Catholics (11.0% of 1,972,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 42 parishes, 22 mission stations (without resident priest), 4 other centres

Clergy: 2 bishops (titular), 101 priests (30 diocesan, 71 religious)

Non-Clergy: 190 religious (24 brothers, 166 sisters), 2 members of secular institutes (sisters), 47 major seminarians, 9 missionaries, 985 catechists


Area: 28,120 km²

Population: 1,792,338

Religions: Muslim 45.1%, Christian 22.1%, animist 14.9%, none 2%, unspecified 15.9%

Languages: Crioulo (lingua franca), Portuguese (official; largely used as a second or third language), Pular (a Fula language), Mandingo

Ethnic Groups: Fulani 28.5%, Balanta 22.5%, Mandinga 14.7%, Papel 9.1%, Manjaco 8.3%, Beafada 3.5%, Mancanha 3.1%, Bijago 2.1%, Felupe 1.7%, Mansoanca 1.4%, Balanta Mane 1%, other 1.8%, none 2.2%

Motto: Unidade, Luta, Progresso (Portuguese) (Unity, Struggle, Progress)

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