Marathi Christians or Marathi Christi (Marathi: मराठी ख्रिस्ती) are an ethno-religious community residing in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Only three percent of people in Maharashtra are Christians.
Marathi Christians are one of two Christian ethnic communities in Maharashtra. The other group, East Indians, are predominantly Catholic, and are concentrated in coastal Maharashtra, especially the districts of Thane, Mumbai, and Raigad. Most Marathi Christians are Protestants living in Ahmednagar, Solapur, Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, and Jalna. The few Marathi Catholics are often immigrants from Thane and Goa, or local products of Jesuit missions. Ecumenical cooperation between Catholic and Protestant Marathi Christians is generally greater than in other communities, and the literacy rate of Marathi Christians is very high.
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