Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholicism in Somalia: no churches remain, few remaining Catholics scattered

Catholic World News - July 06, 2011

Vatican Radio provides a grim update on the situation in Somalia, a country that has been ruled by competing warlords, lacking an effective national government for more than 20 years.

After years of violence and, “all churches and church buildings have been destroyed” in the mostly Islamic country, Vatican Radio reports. There are only about 100 Catholics still scattered across the country.

Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti, who doubles as apostolic administrator of the capital Mogadishu, is in contact with those few Catholics only by phone; he has not been able to visit Somalia for months. The last resident Bishop of Mogadishu, Bishop Pietro Salvatore Colombo OMF) was killed in 1989.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,914 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,086.48
54% 46%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jul. 06, 2011 8:46 PM ET USA

    Remind me again why colonial rule was so bad. Or to put it another way: is national independence such a supreme value that it must be maintained at the cost of all others -- including the spread of the Gospel?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - 16 hours ago
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - 16 hours ago