Roman Catholicism in French Guiana

Roman Catholicism in French Guiana

The Roman Catholic Church in French Guiana is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.

Around 75% of the population is Catholic and the dependency forms a single diocese - the Diocese of Cayenne.

Erected as the apostolic prefecture of French Guiana-Cayenne in 1651, it remained a prefecture until elevated to a Vicariate in January 1933, and finally to the Diocese of Cayenne in February 1956. The Diocese is currently a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Fort-de-France on the island of St. Pierre. The current bishop is Emmanuel Marie Philippe Louis Lafont, appointed in June 2004.

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