Catholic Church


Republic of Senegal (Senegal)


Also known as: Senegal (Deutsch, español, Italiano, polski, Português), le Sénégal (français), 塞內加爾 (正體中文), セネガル (日本語), Senegalia (latine)

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Dakar

Neighbouring Countries: Cabo Verde Cabo Verde, ↑ Mauritania Mauritania, → Mali Mali, ↘ Guinea Guinea, ↓ Gambia Gambia, ↓ Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau

By Type (8)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (7)

By Rite

Roman Rite (7): Dakar, Kaolack, Kolda, Saint-Louis du Sénégal, Tambacounda, Thiès, Ziguinchor

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Apostolic Nunciature: Senegal 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)

CardinalsCardinals (0 electors/1 total)

Cardinal Théodore-Adrien Sarr (86)Théodore-Adrien Sarr (86)

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Basilicas Basilicas (1)

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Saints: 1 Blessed

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 891,000 Catholics (5.1% of 17,477,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 166 parishes, 340 mission stations (1 with resident priest, 339 without resident priest), 91 other centres

Clergy: 10 bishops (6 diocesan, 4 titular), 571 priests (392 diocesan, 179 religious)

Non-Clergy: 895 religious (131 brothers, 764 sisters), 2 members of secular institutes (sisters), 249 major seminarians, 11 missionaries, 2,859 catechists


Area: 192,530 km²

Population: 13,635,927

Religions: Muslim 96.1% (most adhere to one of the four main Sufi brotherhoods), Christian 3.6% (mostly Roman Catholic), animist 0.3%

Languages: French (official), Wolof, Pular, Jola, Mandinka, Serer, Soninke

Ethnic Groups: Wolof 41.6%, Pular 28.1%, Serer 15.3%, Mandinka 5.4%, Jola 3.4%, Soninke 0.8%, other 5.4% (includes Europeans and persons of Lebanese descent)

Motto: Un peuple, un but, une foi (French) (One people, one goal, one faith)

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