Area: 2,512 sq km
Rugged, mountainous volcanic Indian Ocean island 700 km east of Madagascar. The largest of the Mascarene Islands, which include Mauritius.
Population: 837,094 Annual Growth: 1.32%
Official language: French. Common language French Creole, spoken by over 85%, which is replacing minority languages Languages: 9 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Although Catholicism is the professed religion of 80% of the population, many Catholics are either very nominal, highly syncretized or both. The Malabar religion a synthesis of Hinduism and African witchcraft is practiced by many. Religious beliefs have mixed and blended as much as the Creole people have, such that Creole Christianity incorporates Catholicism, other religions, superstitions and the occult. Yet in the Catholic Church there is a vigorous charismatic element and an evangelically oriented house church movement. Pray for those who call themselves Christian but do not know the delivering power of Christ in their lives.
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