Catholic Church


Gabonese Republic (Gabon)


Also known as: Gabun (Deutsch), Gabón (español), le Gabon (français), Gabon (Italiano, polski), Gabão (Português), 加蓬 (正體中文), ガボン (日本語), Gabonia (latine)

By Type (7)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (5)

Apostolic Vicariates Apostolic Vicariate (1)

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Roman Rite (6): Franceville, Libreville, Makokou, Mouila, Oyem, Port-Gentil

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Apostolic Nunciature: Gabon Archbishop Javier Herrera Corona (55)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence Episcopale du Gabon Bishop Jean-Vincent Ondo Eyene (63)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Association des Conférences Episcopales de la Région de l’Afrique Central (A.C.E.R.A.C.) Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar (71)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcopales d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (63)


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Continent: Eastern and Central Africa

Capital: Libreville

Area: 257,667 km²

Population: 1,772,255

Neighbouring Countries: São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe, ↖ Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea, ↑ Cameroon Cameroon, ↘ Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Brazzaville

Cultural Summary

Religions: Roman Catholic 42.3%, Protestant 12.3%, other Christian 27.4%, Muslim 9.8%, animist 0.6%, other 0.5%, none/no answer 7.1%

Languages: French (official), Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi

Ethnic Groups: Bantu tribes, including four major tribal groupings (Fang, Bapounou, Nzebi, Obamba); other Africans and Europeans, 154,000, including 10,700 French and 11,000 persons of dual nationality

Motto: Union, Travail, Justice (French) (Union, Work, Justice)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 267,668 km²

Catholic Population: 1,032,000 Catholics (54.5% of 1,893,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 98 parishes, 375 mission stations (1 with resident priest, 374 without resident priest), 115 other centres

Clergy: 7 bishops (4 diocesan, 3 titular), 236 priests (143 diocesan, 93 religious), 2 permanent deacons (1 diocesan, 1 religious)

Non-Clergy: 255 religious (63 brothers, 192 sisters), 1 member of secular institutes (sister), 128 major seminarians, 40 missionaries, 1,647 catechists


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Last updated on 2023.11.30

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