Catholic Church


Republic of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)


Also known as: Simbabwe (Deutsch), Zimbabue (español), le Zimbabwe (français), Zimbabwe (Italiano, polski, Português), 津巴布韋 (正體中文), ジンバブエ (日本語), Zimbabua (latine)

By Type (8)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (2)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (6)

By Rite

Roman Rite (8): Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gokwe, Gweru, Harare, Hwange, Masvingo, Mutare

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Changes in Dioceses | Vacant Dioceses | Former Dioceses

Apostolic Nunciature: Zimbabwe Archbishop Janusz Stanisław Urbańczyk (57)

Conference of Bishops: Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (Z.C.B.C.) Bishop Paul Horan, O. Carm. (61)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (I.M.B.I.S.A.) Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, O.M.I. (65)

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)


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Continent: Southern Africa

Capital: Harare

Area: 386,847 km²

Population: 13,805,084

Former Name: Southern Rhodesia

Neighbouring Countries: Botswana Botswana, ↖ Zambia Zambia, → Mozambique Mozambique, ↓ South Africa South Africa

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 74.8% (includes Apostolic 37.5%, Pentecostal 21.8%, other 15.5%), Roman Catholic 7.3%, other Christian 5.3%, traditional 1.5%, Muslim 0.5%, other 0.1%, none 10.5%

Languages: Shona (official; most widely spoken), Ndebele (official, second most widely spoken), English (official; traditionally used for official business), 13 minority languages (official; includes Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa)

Ethnic Groups: African 99.4% (predominantly Shona; Ndebele is the second largest ethnic group), other 0.4%, unspecified 0.2%

Motto: Unity, Freedom, Work (English)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 390,757 km²

Catholic Population: 2,108,000 Catholics (12.7% of 16,559,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 272 parishes, 2,087 mission stations (21 with resident priest, 2,066 without resident priest), 6 other centres

Clergy: 14 bishops (7 diocesan, 7 titular), 617 priests (398 diocesan, 219 religious), 19 permanent deacons (17 diocesan, 2 religious)

Non-Clergy: 1,230 religious (131 brothers, 1,099 sisters), 388 major seminarians, 1 missionary, 4,804 catechists


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Last updated on 2024.05.22

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