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#10 - Democratic Republic of the Congo - 28,700,000 Catholics
The southernmost country in Central Africa, the DRC (formerly known as Zaire) won its independence in 1960. Pitifully, the African country has been in a state of unrest in the years since, suffering both continental and civil wars. The Catholic Church has actively helped by providing schools and hospitals, and has also worked as mediator between the government and private parties. Christianity is the majority religion in the country. According to recent surveys, Christians constituted 93.7% of the population, with Catholics making up 29.7%: approximately 35 million people.

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