Church in Singapore
Capital : Singapore
Population : 5.63 million
Catholics : 157,988 (2.80%)
Jurisdictions : One Archdiocese
Parishes : 29
Major Religions : Buddhism 33.2%, Taoism 11%, Christianity 18.7%, Irreligious 17.5%, Islam 14%, Hinduism 4%, Others 0.6%
Catholicism in Singapore has its roots from the Portuguese established Diocese of Malacca soon after Affonso de Albuquerque's conquest of Malacca in 1511. It is believed that the first Catholic priest set foot in British Singapore in 1821 to attend to the needs of the growing community consisting largely of Europeans and some Chinese; however, it is probable that there had been Portuguese missionaries operating out of Malacca in Singapore during the Portuguese period, 1511–1641, prior to the British conquest.

Within a time span of several years, notable Catholic churches, such as the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, were built. Missionary schools were established and attended by Catholics and non-Catholics (many of whom became converts).

Chinese Catholics in the city area were found at Sts Peter and Paul (Queen St), and the Sacred Heart Church (Tank Road). Conversion to Catholicism among the Chinese community in the 19th century was met with disdain among Chinese immigrant societies in Singapore. Many of them were wealthy plantation owners. Most of them lived in the Upper Serangoon and Hougang areas where the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located in what was traditionally a Teochew speaking heartland.

During World War II, in an attempt to manage the growing needs of the local people in Singapore, many Roman Catholics of Eurasian and Chinese ethnicity were deported to Bahau, also aptly called "Fuji Village" at that time, to be self-sufficient in their own food supply.

In 2005, Singapore held an exhibition, dubbed Journey of Faith, on artifacts from Vatican City in the Asian Civilizations Museum at Empress Building, Roman Catholic-oriented artifacts, focusing on art and history, were put on display from June to October 2005.

About 4.6%, or some 210,000 people in Singapore are Catholics. Among them are Chinese (including Peranakan) and Eurasian descent (mostly Portuguese descent), along with a Filipino, Indian and European minority.
The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News, UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia.
Union of Catholic Asian News Limited
P.O. Box 69626,
Kwun Tong,
Hong Kong