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Roman Catholicism in Chile

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Roman Catholicism in Chile

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The Roman Catholic Church in Chile (Spanish: Iglesia católica en Chile) is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, the curia in Rome, and the Episcopal Conference of Chile. There are 5 archdioceses, 18 dioceses, 2 territorial prelatures, 1 apostolic vicariate, 1 military ordinariate and a personal prelature (Opus Dei).

As of 2012, 66.6%[1] of Chilean population over 15 years of age claims to be of Catholic creed - a decrease from the 70%[2] reported by the 2002 census.

Catholicism was introduced by [3]

There are six Catholic universities in the country: Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception, Catholic University of the Maule, Catholic University of the North, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Temuco Catholic University and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. The latter is considered one of the "World's Best Colleges and Universities" in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report. President Sebastián Piñera, is a graduate of this university.

Several religious orders sponsor a number of secondary and primary schools. One of the most famous is Andrés Wood, director of the film Machuca, is worth mentioning.

The Government observes the following Catholic Holy Days as national holidays (if on a week day): Good Friday, Christmas, Feast of the Virgin of Carmen, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Feast of the Assumption, and All Saints Day.

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  1. ^ 8 236 900 out of 12 366 108 people over 15 years of age. "Population 15 years of age or older, by religion, region, sex and age groups. (censused population)" (.xls). Censo 2012 (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ 7 853 428 out of 11 226 309 people over 15 years of age. "Population 15 years of age or older, by religion, administrative division, sex and age groups" (.pdf). Censo 2002 (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Alexei Barrionuevo, "A Serene Advocate for Chile's Disappeared", New York Times, 23 January 2010, 5.

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