Catholic Church in Sierra Leone


Catholic Church in Sierra Leone
TypeNational polity
ClassificationCatholic
GovernanceEpiscopal
PopePope Francis
PresidentArchbishop Edward Tamba Charles
RegionSierra Leone
LanguageEnglish, Latin
HeadquartersSacred Heart Cathedral, Freetown
FounderCatholic Bishops Conference of Sierra Leone

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.

There are approximately 175,000 Catholics in Sierra Leone - around 3% of the total population.[1] The country is divided into four dioceses in one ecclesiastical province.

Origins

Catholic missionaries were active in the coastal regions of Sierra Leone from the early sixteenth century although only a few people converted to Catholicism.[2]