Christianity in Oman

Christianity is the religion of 2.5% of the population of Oman, which are 64,000 persons. 90 Christian congregations exist in Oman.[1]

Almost all Christians are from other countries.[2] Most of them are from the Philippines, India or Western countries.[3] At least one St Thomas Christian church is present in Oman.[4] More than 50 different Christian groups, fellowships, and assemblies are active in the Muscat metropolitan area.[5] The Protestant Church of Oman, the Catholic Diocese of Oman and the al Amana Center (interdenominational Christian) are recognized by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.[6] There are Christian schools in Oman.[7]

Proselytizing Muslims is forbidden.[8] There are, however, cases in which a Muslim will adopt the Christian faith, secretly declaring his/her apostasy. In effect, they are practising Christians, but legally Muslims; thus, the statistics of Omani Christians does not include Muslim apostates to Christianity. Instruction in Islam is compulsory in public schools.[9]

Contents

  • Catholicism 1
  • Protestantism 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Catholicism

According to the 2005 census 3,001 Catholics live in Oman. Oman belongs to the area of the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia. 21 Catholic congregations exist in Oman.[10]

Protestantism

0.4% of the persons in Oman are Protestants.[11] Oman belongs to the area of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.[12] 21 Protestant denominations are present in Oman.[13]

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External links

  • Holy Spirit Church in Ghala
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