Catholic Church in Ivory Coast
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The Catholic Church in Ivory Coast is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. Catholicism arrived in Ivory Coast through the arrival of French settlers.
The Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian church, and its largest religious grouping. There are an estimated 2.8 million baptised Catholics in Ivory Coast, 17.2% of the population (according to the 2014 Census), in 15 dioceses. There are 800 priests and 1,500 men and women in religious orders.
Within Ivory Coast the hierarchy consists of: