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Religion in Papua New Guinea is predominantly Christian with traditional animist and ancestor worship still found in some places.

The courts and government in both theory and practice uphold a constitutional right to freedom of speech, thought, and belief.

A large majority of Papua New Guineans are Christian (96% in the 2000 census), however many combine their Christian faith with traditional indigenous beliefs and practices.[1]



The 2000 census percentages were as follows:

The Papua New Guinea Council of Churches members are:

  • Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
  • Gutnius Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
  • Union Baptist
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea
  • United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
  • Salvation Army

There are also a number of parachurch organizations:

Other religions

Minority religions include Bahá'í (perhaps 40,000), while Islam in Papua New Guinea counts approximately 1,000 to 2,000 followers[3], mostly of immigrant origin.

Traditional religions

Traditional religions are often animist and many have elements of ancestor worship.

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