|Religion in Seychelles|
"Every person has a right to freedom of conscience..this right includes freedom of thought and religion, freedom to change religion or belief and freedom either alone or in community, with others and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate the religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance”
(Article 21(1) of the Constitution of the Third Republic of Seychelles)
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
According to the Census Report of 2002, the majority of the population of the Republic of Seychelles (93.2%) (cf. 95.9%, 1994 Census) professed that they were Christians.
Among those, 82.3 %) were Roman Catholics (cf. 88.6%, 1987 Census)) and 6.4 % were Anglicans (cf. 7.0%, 1987 Census).
Other religions recorded were: Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses….
The 2002 Census recorded 2.8% "Other Christians" and 5.2% "Non-Christians". Other faiths included Bahais, Hindus, Muslims ….
Between 1982 and 2007 the Registrar General’s Office in Victoria registered twenty five (25) "Associations for Religion"…..a total of twenty (20) with the beginning of the new century. These included the "United Pentecostal Church of Seychelles" (1995), the Nazarite Christian Church of Seychelles" (1996), the "Church of Christ" (2000), the "Redeemed Christian Church of God" (2001)……
Most of the Seychelles’ population of over eighty four thousand (84,000) live on the main island of Mahé with Victoria as its capital.
Victoria is undoubtedly one of the smallest cities in the world but one in which most of the great religions of the world are represented and they co-exist in perfect peace and harmony.
Within a few metres radius one can observe two (2) cathedrals (Roman Catholic and Anglican), a few churches, a Hindu Temple, a Mosque….and they open their doors to worshippers from all the major ethnic groups of the world …all represented in Seychelles!