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Seychelles religion

RELIGION


As of July 2011 statistics, 82.3% percent of the population was Roman Catholic, being the religion of the initial white settlers in Seychelles, despite ineffective British efforts to establish Protestantism in the islands during the nineteenth century.

The nation has been a bishopric since 1890, and mission schools had the responsibility of educating the population. Venns Town, Mission Lodge, is an example of a school for slaves, it is today listed as a Historical site.

Sunday masses are well attended, and religious holidays are celebrated throughout the nation both as opportunities for the devout to practice their faith and as social events.

6.4% percent of Seychellois are Anglicans, most coming from families converted by missionaries in the early twentieth centuries. Evangelical Protestant churches are active and growing, among them Pentecostals and Seventh Day Adventists. Some 4% of the population are adherents of other faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. One Hindu Temple and One Islamic Mosque are present on the island of Mahe.

No restrictions are imposed on religious worship by any of the denominations.

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