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Christianity in Yemen

Christianity is a minority religion in Yemen. The constitution mentions religious liberty.

Present situation

There are about 4000 Catholics in Yemen. They belong to the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia. The World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, states the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church as largest denominations in Yemen. In Aden there are three Catholic churches and one Anglican church. In San'a there are weekly Protestant services. Christian missions from several countries are active in Yemen. There are hospitals that belong to foreign Christian institutions.

Protestants make up less than 1% of the population of Yemen.[1] An American Baptist congregation is affiliated with a hospital in Jibla.[2] The Anglican Church runs two charitable clinics in Aden.[2] Some say that the relations between Christians and Muslims contribute to religious freedom.[2] However, according to human rights activist, Abdul Razzaq al-Azazi, "Christians in Yemen cannot practice their religion nor can they go to church freely. Society would work on having them enter Islam."[3]

Former Anglican church in Aden

See also

References

  1. ^ "World Map Religious Liberty Asia West". 
  2. ^ a b c "International Religious Freedom Report 2006". 
  3. ^ Ibrahim, Raymond. "Yemen's Forgotten Christians". Gatestone Institute International Policy Council. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
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