Catholic Church in Peru

Map of Peru

The Catholic Church in Peru is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, the curia in Rome, and the Peruvian Episcopal Conference.

Catholics compose an estimated 74% of Peru's population.[1] It has produced two famous saints of the "new world": St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres.

The Peruvian Catholic Church is divided into dioceses and archdioceses:


Catholicism has been decreasing for many decades. According to the different census, in 1940, 98.5% of the peruvian population adhered to catholicism, decreasing to 94,6% in 1981 and to 81,3% in 2007.

Year Percent Decrease
1940 98.5% -
1961 97.3% -1.2%
1972 96.4% -0.9%
1981 94.6% -1.8%
1993 89.0% -5.6%
2007 81.3% -7.7%
2017 76.0% -5.3%

Province of Arequipa

Province of Ayacucho

Province of Cusco

Province of Huancayo

Province of Lima

Province of Piura

Province of Trujillo

Apostolic Vicariates

Military Ordinariate

See also


  1. ^ Latinobarometro, Opinion Publica Latinoamericana, Enero 2018.
  2. ^ "Elevazione della Prelatura Territoriale di Huarí (Perú) al Rango di Diocesi e Nomina del Primo Vescovo" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-04-02.[permanent dead link]
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