Catholic Church


Kingdom of Lesotho (Lesotho)


Also known as: Lesoto (español, Português), le Lesotho (français), Lesotho (Deutsch, Italiano, polski), 萊索托 (正體中文), レソト (日本語), Lesothum (latine)

Formerly: Basutoland

Continent: Southern Africa

Capital: Maseru

Area: 30,355 km²

Population: 1,958,042

Religions: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Languages: Sesotho (official) (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa

Ethnic Groups: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%

Motto: Khotso, Pula, Nala (Sotho) (Peace, Rain, Prosperity)

Neighbouring Countries: South Africa South Africa

Circumscriptions (4): Metr. Archdioceses (1), Dioceses (3)

Roman Rite (4): Leribe, Maseru, Mohale’s Hoek, Qacha’s Nek

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CardinalsCardinals (0 electors/1 total): Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai, O.M.I. (89)Khoarai (89) | All Cardinals

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Special Churches Special Churches: Cathedrals Cathedrals (5)

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Papal Visits

Apostolic Nunciature: Lesotho Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells (55)

Conference of Bishops: Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference Link Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi, O.M.I. (65)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (I.M.B.I.S.A.) Link Archbishop Stephen Brislin (62)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcoaples d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Link Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi, C.S.Sp. (61)

as of 2019.04.19

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