Catholic Church in Malawi

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The Catholic Church in Malawi is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome and the Malawi bishops.


The first Catholic missionaries were White Fathers (Pères Blancs in French) who arrived in Malawi in 1889. By 1904, the White Fathers had three permanent mission stations at Kachebere, Likuni, and Mua, and the Montforts had two missions, at Nguludi and Nzama. Most of the White Fathers were French and, among the early leaders, were Bishops Louis Auneau, Joseph Dupont, and Mathurin Guillemé. It was not until 1937–38 that the first Malawi priests were ordained: Cornelio Chitsulo, Alfred Finye.[1]


Today there are over 2 million Catholics in Malawi - around a third of Christians and a fifth of the total population. There are 2 archdioceses and 6 dioceses:

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  1. ^ Historical Dictionary of Malawi - Ihe International Monetary Fund - Page 298 Sarah Tenney, Norman K. Humphreys - 2011 -"In 1889, the White Fathers order became the first Roman Catholic missionary group to ...