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Christianity in Ethiopia and Eritrea
Classification Eastern Christianity
Orientation Oriental Orthodoxy, Orthodox Tewahedo, Protestantism, Evangelicalism, Eastern Protestant Christianity, Pentecostalism, Lutheranism, Baptist, Holiness Baptists, Mennonite-Anabaptist, Holiness movement, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Adventist, Catholicism.
Region Ethiopia and Eritrea, United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel-Palestine, Kenya, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Ethiopian-Eritrean Diaspora
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Christianity is the largest religion in Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Habesha Community and their diaspora. Christianity in these countries and communities, dates back to the ancient African (East African-Horn African) Kingdom of Aksum, when King Ezana first converted to the faith and later on became the official religion of his kingdom and the Ethiopian Empire. Eastern Christianity is the main Christian cultural tradition of these countries and communities.

There are several different branches of Christianity in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities, and can be broken down into several denominations. The largest and oldest branch of Christianity in Ethiopia and Eritrea are the Orthodox Tewahedo churches, a group of culturally and theologically related Oriental Orthodox churches. The second largest Christian branch in Ethiopia and Eritrea is P'ent'ay (Ethiopian-Eritrean Evangelicalism), a grouping of several Evangelical Protestant denominations. The third branch of Christianity in the region is the Catholic Church or Catholicism.

Orthodox Tewahedo

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P'ent'ay (Ethiopian-Eritrean Evangelicalism)

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Catholicism (Catholic Church)

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