Nov 8, 2018


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To attempt the adventure of an encyclopedic review of religions - and of the spiritual ways that, although not religious, fall into a phenomenology of contemporary combinations of the sacred - present in Italy, in the current postmodern context, constitutes a fascinating challenge together a risk. The context, in fact, is a continuous mutation of the religious framework, which makes it impossible - in spite of all the care - an exhaustive treatment. Some data change frequently, literally, daily.While we are now grateful to those wishing to report omissions and additions, we are willing to report changes via the CESNUR website, the Center for Studies on New Religions, which has designed and promoted this initiative ( ). This work is not a mere update of our previous editions of the Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy - published in 2001, 2006 and 2013, respectively, on which much is based: it is rather a new tool, which includes a lot of new material, both in a partially different way. We invite you to address to CESNUR any report or request ( ).

Religious minorities among Italian citizens (estimate CESNUR 2018)

Hebrews 36,500 1.8%
"Fringe" Catholics and dissidents 25,000 1.2%
Orthodox 306700 15.0%
Protestants 476400 23.3%
Jehovah's Witnesses (and similar) 411600 20.1%
Mormons (and similar) 27,500 1.3%
Other groups of Christian origin 7,400 0.3%
Muslim 405300 19.8%
Bahá'í and other groups of Islamic matrix 4,400 0.2%
Hindus and neo-Hindus 45,200 2.2%
Buddhists 186,600 9.1%
Osho groups and derivatives 4,000 0.2%
Sikhs, radhasoami and derivations 20,000 1.0%
Other groups of oriental origin 5,600 0.3%
New Japanese religions 3,500 0.2%
Esoteric area and "ancient wisdom" 16,500 0.8%
Movements of human potential 30,000 1.5%
New Age and Next Age organized movements 20,000 1.0%
Others 13,700 0.7%
Total 2045900 100.0%

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