Area: 3,521 sq km
Five island archipelagos and 118 islands – (Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral and Gambier) in south-central Pacific. Tahiti, the largest island at 1,042 sq km, is where over 70% live.
Population: 272,394 Annual Growth: 1.30%
Official language: French and Tahitian Languages: 11 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The Catholic Church, originally supported by the French colonial powers against the British LMS, is now the largest denomination. Through the 1980s and 1990s, strong charismatic renewal brought significant growth but also controversy, as intellectuals saw this as a reemergence of tribal pagan influence. Today, 25-30% of Catholics are involved in the renewal movement; the rest are mostly non-practicing and very nominal.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of French Polynesia.