Catholic Church


Republic of Peru (Peru)


Also known as: Peru (Deutsch, polski, Português), Perú (español), le Pérou (français), Perù (Italiano), 秘魯 (正體中文), ペルー (日本語), Peruvia (latine)

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Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (7)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (20)

Territorial Prelatures Territorial Prelature (10)

Military Ordinariates Military Ordinariate (1)

Apostolic Vicariates Apostolic Vicariate (8)

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Roman Rite (46): Abancay, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Ayaviri, Cajamarca, Callao, Carabayllo, Caravelí, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Chosica, Chota, Chulucanas, Chuquibamba, Chuquibambilla, Cusco, Huacho, Huamachuco, Huancavélica, Huancayo, Huánuco, Huaraz, Huarí, Ica, Iquitos, Jaén en Perú, Juli, Lima, Lurín, Moyobamba, Obispado Castrense del Perú, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Puno, Requena, San José de Amazonas, San Ramón, Santiago Apóstol de Huancané, Sicuani, Tacna y Moquegua, Tarma, Trujillo, Yauyos, Yurimaguas

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Apostolic Nunciature: Peru Archbishop Paolo Rocco Gualtieri (63)

Conference of Bishops: Conferencia Episcopal Peruana Archbishop Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, O.F.M. (75)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (C.E.L.A.M.) Archbishop Jaime Spengler, O.F.M. (63)

CardinalsCardinals (0 electors/2 total)

Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, S.J. (80)Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, S.J. (80)

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (80)Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (80)

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Patron Saints: Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo

Saints: 6 Saints, 6 Blesseds

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Continent: South America

Capital: Lima

Area: 1,279,996 km²

Population: 31,036,656

Neighbouring Countries: Ecuador Ecuador, ↑ Colombia Colombia, → Brazil Brazil, ↘ Bolivia Bolivia, ↓ Chile Chile

Cultural Summary

Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, other Christian 14.6% (includes evangelical 11.1%, other 3.5%), other 0.3%, none 4%, unspecified 21.1%

Languages: Spanish (official) 82.9%, Quechua (official) 13.6%, Aymara (official) 1.6%, other native languages (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages) 0.8%, other (includes foreign languages and sign language) 0.2%, none 0.1%, unspecified 0.7%

Ethnic Groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 60.2%, Amerindian 25.8%, white 5.9%, African descent 3.6%, other (includes Chinese and Japanese descent) 1.2%, unspecified 3.3%

Motto: Firme y feliz por la unión (Spanish) (Steady and Happy for the Union)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 1,285,216 km²

Catholic Population: 30,159,000 Catholics (91.3% of 33,035,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 1,680 parishes, 2,783 mission stations (40 with resident priest, 2,743 without resident priest), 3,896 other centres

Clergy: 76 bishops (38 diocesan, 38 titular), 3,315 priests (2,148 diocesan, 1,167 religious), 72 permanent deacons (66 diocesan, 6 religious)

Non-Clergy: 5,274 religious (296 brothers, 4,978 sisters), 190 members of secular institutes (4 brothers, 186 sisters), 1,007 major seminarians, 7,766 missionaries, 46,602 catechists


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