Catholic Church


Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Also known as: Salomonen (Deutsch), Islas Salomón (español), les Îles Salomon (français), Isole Salomone (Italiano), Wyspy Salomona (polski), Ilhas Salomão (Português), 所羅門群島 (正體中文), ソロモン諸島 (日本語), Insulæ Salomonis (latine)

By Type (3)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (2)

By Rite

Roman Rite (3): Auki, Gizo, Honiara

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Apostolic Nunciature: Solomon Islands

Conference of Bishops: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Soloman Islands Archbishop Anton Bal (60)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O.) Bishop Anthony Randazzo (57)


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Cathedrals Cathedrals (3)


Patron Saint: Holy Name of Mary (September 12)

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Continent: Oceania

Capital: Honiara

Area: 27,986 km²

Population: 647,581

Former Name: British Solomon Islands

Neighbouring Countries: Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea, ↑ Nauru Nauru, → Tuvalu Tuvalu, ↘ Fiji Fiji, ↘ Vanuatu Vanuatu

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 73.4% (Church of Melanesia 31.9%, South Sea Evangelical 17.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 11.7%, United Church 10.1%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.5%), Roman Catholic 19.6%, other Christian 2.9%, other 4%, none 0.03%, unspecified 0.1%

Languages: Melanesian pidgin (in much of the country is lingua franca), English (official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population), 120 indigenous languages

Ethnic Groups: Melanesian 95.3%, Polynesian 3.1%, Micronesian 1.2%, other 0.3%

Motto: To lead is to serve (English)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 28,896 km²

Catholic Population: 135,000 Catholics (22.1% of 612,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 34 parishes, 73 mission stations (14 with resident priest, 59 without resident priest), 3 other centres

Clergy: 4 bishops (3 diocesan, 1 titular), 103 priests (58 diocesan, 45 religious)

Non-Clergy: 134 religious (12 brothers, 122 sisters), 79 major seminarians, 1 missionary, 700 catechists


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Last updated on 2023.11.30

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