Monday, February 07, 2011
According to the Protestant secretary of the Nepal Christian Society, the real numbers are reported to be closer to one million. In the current context, he comments, figures are not innocuous: anti-conversion movements are also active in the country and numbers are used by both sides to argue their case.
The official Nepalese census indicated 2,541 Christians in 1971 and 101,976 in 2001. While the Roman Catholic community remains small (around 8,000 faithful), there has been an explosion in the number of evangelical and Pentecostal churches, now found in all 75 districts of the country. Research has found 2,500 Christian places of worship.