Catholic Charity Work in Jamaica
Population: 2.95 million
Percent Below Poverty Line: 17.1%
Jamaica is an island country located in the Caribbean Sea and sustained by its service economy. Jamaica’s neighbors include Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. It’s 2.9 million people are mostly of sub-Saharan African ancestry. For over 500 years, Jamaica has been predominately Christian, with 70% of its population Protestant, 28% other denominations, and 2% Catholic. There are three Catholic dioceses in Jamaica with the largest in Kingston. The Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) was founded in 1981 in Jamaica to serve the poorest of the poor. Fifteen years later, in 1996, the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (CFSOP) were founded and they have gently served the poor and marginalized in Jamaica ever since.
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