Religious Freedom in the World Report 2023
A report published by Aid to the Church in Need, a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church.
The 2023 report is the 16th edition of Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World Report, produced every two years. It is published in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Editor and Managing Editor: Marcela Szymanski
Chairman of the Editorial Committee and Senior Editor: Mark von Riedemann.
Editorial Committee: José Luis Bazán, Roger Kiska, Maria Lozano, Irmina Nockiewicz, John Pontifex, Carla Diez de Rivera
Regional Editors include: Paulina Eyzaguirre, Roger Kiska, Mark von Riedemann
Editorial Assistants: Vanessa Bartelt, Ravi Jay Gunnoo, William Hirst, Irmina Nockiewicz, Pierre Rossi
Authors and contributors include:
Daisy An, José Luis Bazán, Pamela Chavez, Marissa Eckelkamp, Madeleine Enzlberger, Pamela Paulina Eyzaguirre, Roger Kiska, Robert Lalonde, Maria Lozano, Raquel Martin, Conn McNally, John Newton, Huan Nguyen, Irmina Nockiewicz, Chris Ostertag, Maurits Potappel, Xavier Pereira, Marta Petrosillo, John Pontifex, F. Borba Ribeiro Neto, José Carlos Rodriguez Soto, Benedict Rogers, Andrew Scarafile, Chiara Verna.
Ravi Jay Gunnoo, Philippe Joas, Mercedes Lucini, Shahid Mobeen, Pierre Rossi, Sofia Sondergaard, Wort-Wahl Team.
Design of the printed version:
Cover Design: Joao Sotomayor @jsdesign.pt Layout Design: Michał Banach, Poland
Digital of the digital version:
Website & CMS: Boldare
Copyright and citations:
Please consult the credits for each photograph. Unless otherwise specified, all material may be cited without seeking further permission, with the credit: "Religious Freedom in the World Report 2023", Aid to the Church in Need International, June 2023.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the highest possible editorial standards have been met in the production of the Religious Freedom in the World report. However, in presenting the report, Aid to the Church in Need acknowledges that it could not independently verify all information contained therein without exception. The report draws on multiple sources and presents case studies with the objective of shedding light on the nature and severity of religious freedom violations. Care should be taken not to attach undue significance to instances selected for consideration; these are offered as examples illustrating the nature of the situation regarding religious freedom. In many cases, other examples would equally suffice. Views or opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Aid to the Church in Need but of those involved in compiling the various documents contained in the report.
Unless otherwise specified, all country data, religious demography and GDP per capita (PPP adjusted, to allow for comparison between countries) come from the latest available information by: Todd M. Johnson and Brian J. Grim, eds. World Religion Database (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2020). The GINI index figures are the latest available at www.databank.worldbank.org. A GINI indicator measures inequality of income and consumption distribution, a Gini index of 0 represents perfect equality, while an index of 100 implies perfect inequality.