Within a landscape that incorporates the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is also remarkable for the peaceful co-existence of 120 tribes, resulting in a unique blend of all aspects of life from food to language to tradition. Undergirding all of the cultural varieties found in Tanzania is an incredible religious dynamism and spiritual energy. Approximately 30% of the Tanzanian population identifies as Catholic, making Catholicism the most prominent Christian religion practiced in the country. Catholics coexist and at times compete with their religious brethren from a variety of Christian traditions, including historic Lutheran and Anglican mission churches as well as burgeoning Pentecostal churches. Catholics also practice their faith in the midst of a large number of other believers; Tanzania has some of the largest populations of Muslims and practitioners of traditional religion in East Africa. Read more...
These statistics are derived from the Vatican's official publication, Statistical Yearbook of the Church 2020 (Vatican City: Librera Editrice Vaticana, 2022). The numbers may differ from data reported by other sources on this site.