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The majority of people in Ecuador are Roman Catholic – statistically as many as 95% although a large proportion are non-practising. You don’t hear much criticism of the Pope and the Church remains a powerful institution, although as far as I can see they generally maintain their historic role of not getting too worked up about poverty. When I went on my marriage preparation course at the local church the main worry of the group leader seemed to be the gay disco in Guayaquil and the dangers of letting your kids watch The L Word. And he certainly wasn’t fazed by the fact that half the women in the room were pregnant.

Various other Christian groups are also active in Ecuador. Here all Protestants are called Evangélicos although they include Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and a smattering of other groups.

There are close to 200,000 Mormons according to their statistics. They built a temple in the north of Guayaquil which opened in 1999 and is certainly an attractive landmark though I’m not sure about the claim that it is labeled "the most beautiful building in Ecuador" by members and nonmembers alike. www.ldschurchtemples.com/guayaquil

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There are almost 300 Muslims. and 300 Jews and also a Bahá’i community. Follow these links to find out more about them.

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Ecuador

www.jabad.org.ec

www.bahaiecuador.org

Freedom of worship is guaranteed under the constitution and there doesn’t seem to be too much animosity between Catholics and other groups. However it appears to me there’s also a general lack of knowledge about other religions




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