Catholic Church


Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)


Also known as: le Rwanda (français), Ruanda (Deutsch, español, Italiano, Português, latine), Rwanda (polski), 盧旺達 (正體中文), ルワンダ (日本語)

By Type (9)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (8)

By Rite

Roman Rite (9): Butare, Byumba, Cyangugu, Gikongoro, Kabgayi, Kibungo, Kigali, Nyundo, Ruhengeri

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Apostolic Nunciature: Rwanda Archbishop Arnaldo Sanchez Catalan (57)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence Episcopale du Rwanda (C.Ep.R.) Cardinal Antoine Kambanda (65)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Association des Conférences Episcopales de l’Afrique Centrale (A.C.E.A.C.) Archbishop Marcel Madila Basanguka (68)

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. (64)

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total)

Cardinal Antoine Kambanda (65)Antoine Kambanda (65)

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Cathedrals Cathedrals (9)

Basilicas Basilicas (1)


Patron Saint: Assomption de la Vierge Marie

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Continent: Eastern and Central Africa

Capital: Kigali

Area: 24,668 km²

Population: 11,901,484

Former Name: Ruanda-Urundi, German East Africa

Neighbouring Countries: Congo-Kinshasa Congo-Kinshasa, ↑ Uganda Uganda, → Tanzania Tanzania, ↓ Burundi Burundi

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 49.5% (includes Adventist 11.8% and other Protestant 37.7%), Roman Catholic 43.7%, Muslim 2%, other 0.9% (includes Jehovah's Witness), none 2.5%, unspecified 1.3%

Languages: Kinyarwanda (official, universal Bantu vernacular) 93.2%, French (official) <.1, English (official) <.1, Swahili/Kiswahili (official, used in commercial centers) <.1, more than one language, others 6.3%, unspecified 0.3%

Ethnic Groups: Hutu, Tutsi, Twa (Pygmy)

Motto: Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu (Kinyarwanda) (Unity, Work, Patriotism)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 26,338 km²

Catholic Population: 6,066,000 Catholics (46.8% of 12,956,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 215 parishes, 203 mission stations (without resident priest), 8 other centres

Clergy: 13 bishops (8 diocesan, 5 titular), 962 priests (754 diocesan, 208 religious)

Non-Clergy: 2,789 religious (314 brothers, 2,475 sisters), 166 members of secular institutes (sisters), 662 major seminarians, 27 missionaries, 10,334 catechists


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