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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Christian Explosion in Nepal, Both Real and Exaggerated

By PHP Staff
Monday, February 07, 2011
(Photo : Map of Nepal with its Ethnic presentation)
PARIS, FRANCE : Claims that there could currently be up to two million Christians in Nepal are considered exaggerated by several observers of the local religious scene. But the growth of Christianity is real, reports the news agency Eglises d'Asie. The figure of two million was quoted in the recently released 2010-11 edition of the Nepal Catholic Directory: this would have indicated an extremely strong growth, since there were 1.5 million Christians two years ago and 1.8 million last year.

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.

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