Bloemfontein - Religion

Religion

Bloemfontein has a large and diverse Christian population. The city houses several churches and denominations:

  • It is the seat of the Anglican Diocese of the Free State
  • Afrikaans Baptist Church (Afrikaans: Afrikaanse Baptiste Kerk)
  • Dutch Reformed Church (Afrikaans: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk)
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bloemfontein is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bloemfontein
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church, Southern African headquarters.
  • Christian Revival Church (CRC), is the largest church in bloemfontein with over 30 000 members. It has 40 daughter churches across South Africa, Europe, America & Australia. The church is led by Pastor At Boshoff, together with his wife Nyretta .
  • New Covenant Ministries International led by Chris Gerber. Is a vibrant New Testament Church known by the name Fountainhead Church International.

It also has a large Jewish population, which was established during the mid 19 century. There are 2 main cemeteries in Blowmfontein:

  • The Old Cemetery: Over 1,000 names from the three cemeteries. Old: The oldest of the three cemeteries, dating from 1871, is simply a small fenced off area of a public cemetery near the city center. It includes a few graves of several Jewish pioneers involved in the early days of the city who died serving on either side in the Boer War, 1899-1902. Each of the thirty or so tombstones of these pioneer families has been completely transcribed.
  • South Park: This cemetery was consecrated in 1978 and now includes about 100 graves.

In October 7, 2010, Several tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Bloemfontein were defaced with swastikas and antisemitc graffiti. In April 10, 2012, Bloemfontein's historic Memoriam cemetery vandalized, with 35 tombstones toppled and obscene graffiti daubed on the walls of the adjoining Ohel. The graffiti included images of money bags and diamonds, as well as of a crudely join Magen David - Allegedly as part of an anti-Semitic act.

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