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David Btesh of Pacific Realty / Pacific Developers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Class reunion for Instituto Alberto Einstein, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is 100% religious freedom in Panama. There are religious buildings of every sect and every religion here in Panama. There is a mosque, there is a synagogue, there are churches, there’s a Hindu temple, there’s a Chinese temple. They are all here and people walk in the street dressed in the traditional clothes of their religion. There are women who cover their face, there are Hindus in white robes, etc. Nobody says anything. There are Jews with their yarmulkes.
 
Like everywhere in the world, people of the same religion or ethnic community tend to live next to each other.  So the Chinese community lives around their temple and around each other. I have partners and I have friends in every community. I grew up with everybody and I have a lot of partners who are of a different religion. You name a religion; I have a partner of that religion. So like any normal country, in Panama you tend to live amongst those persons with whom you have the most in common, but you mix with everybody.  After work you go home to your community, and you pray in familiar surroundings where everybody who lives around you prays. Then at work and at other times, you mix with everyone.
 
(Class reunion for Instituto Alberto Einstein, a bilingual, non-profit, Jewish day school in Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Later Day Saints baptism in river, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there is religious freedom and tolerance in Panama
 
Panama is a traditional country and a religious country. One of the benefits of that is when people adhere to their religion, whatever it may be, they are very aware of how they treat other people. It’s the basic tenet of religion. And there is that beauty in Panamanian culture: an awareness of human decency on a regular day-to-day basis. There’s empathy and lovingness. There’s a cordiality that is significant because they have a humane spirit in general.  
 
(Later Day Saints baptism in river, Panama, pictured.)
Jesahely De Janon of Panama Property Attorneys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Traditional Jewish feast for New Year Rosh Hashanah (meaning “head of the year”) – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is religious freedom and religious tolerance in Panama. We have the freedom to practice any religion, as per the constitution of Panama.
 
Nowadays, there are lots of religions in Panama. There are many foreigners in Panama. The two most practiced religions in Panama are Protestantism and Catholicism.
 
There are also lots of Jews in Panama, especially in Panama City. The Jewish people recently celebrated the High Holidays or their New Year, also known as Rosh Hashanah.
 
(Pictured: Traditional Jewish feast for New Year, Rosh Hashanah (meaning “head of the year”.)
Isha Edwards – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Bahá'í temple  Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere if definitely religious freedom here in Panama. The official religion in Panama is Catholicism, so most people are Catholics. Next to that are the different kinds of Protestants. Christians are the main Protestants here in Panama. Then there are some Jewish people, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.
 
There is no problem with religious bigotry here. I have never seen any problem with that. Panamanian people are very tolerant regarding religion. I went to school here in Panama. My best friend is Buddhist, my grandmother is Buddhist, and they have a friend who is Christian and my other friend is Catholic. Nobody has anything to do with your religion. You believe what you believe and nobody will mess with that.
 
(Bahá'í temple  in Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Religion in Panamá
 
 
Since ancient years, Panamá has been the "Path of the Americas," meaning people from all over the world came and go through Panamá, for one reason or another, especially for great opportunities in commerce.
 
Directly after the continent of América was discovered, the first ones to arrive in this land were the Catholics priests.  This is the reason why Latin America is predominantly Catholic, Panamá included.
 
But Panamá has not left out all other denominations and religions.  There is a considerable and respectable Jewish community that has contributed a lot to the commerce in Panamá, and is represented mainly in the Panamá Free Zone.  Same as people from the Mediterranean areas, including lots of descendants from Syria, Lebannon, Egypt,  and the all Middle East and even India, many with different religions that has absolute freedom to practice their religion, and are very happy in their own communities, always interacting with other communities, and contributing greatly to charities and events.  Their cultures are greatly admired in Panamá.
 
Lately, more and more Evangelical churches are blooming, like Hosanna.  But every and each one of them is privileged in their own way to practice religion without disturbing anybody.
 
Panamá has beautiful and old churches which are admired by visitors.  One of them is  "San José" (St. Josepth) with a gold altar, in Casco Viejo (see the video).  There is also "Nuestra Señora de Carmen" (Our Lady of Carmello) in Vía España (main avenue in the city of Panamá) with an extraordinary white "barroco" style architecture.  Also in the city of Colón, is one of the oldest Baptist churches, housed in a stone structure.  In the city of Panamá, we have a big nondenominational church that receives a big audience.
 
All this only shows the extensive freedom and tolerance Panamá gives to their residents and visitors. 
Jennifer Moloney Jones of The Visitor – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Landmark in Hewbrew and Spanish for Ge, Omar Hererra – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI would say yes, there is religious freedom and religious tolerance in Panama. There are lots of Jewish people here, including Orthodox Jewish. There is also a big Indian community. Panama is predominantly Roman Catholic, but there are some Baptist churches that were established by the US in the Canal Zone.
 
Religious intolerance does not exist here. You wouldn’t hear people talking about it and it is not something that comes up in any conversation, which is very nice as far as that goes.
 
( A landmark for General Omar Herrera on Panama City in Hebrew and Spanish, pictured.)
Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There is tremendous religious freedom and religious tolerance in Panama. It is completely liberal. No one pushes anything. There are all sorts of denominations here – Catholics, Protestants, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.
Robert Adams of Retirement Wave – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There’s absolutely religious freedom and religious tolerance in Panama. There’s nothing more to say on the subject. Whatever you do is your business and nobody cares.
Antonio Cheng – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Here in Panama, we have Catholics, Creligious freedom Panama Muslim Mosque Chitre Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livinghinese Catholics, and Hebrew Catholics. We also have Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, and Buddhist temples.
 
We all get along together well. Everyone can practice his or her own religion openly and publicly here in Panama without any problem at all.
Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Church in Panama City, Republic of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there is religious freedom in Panama. The majority of the people here are Catholics and Protestants. Panamanians are very religious people. To them, Sunday is for the family and for going to church, and that applies from the very wealthy down to the very poor. Their priority is God, then the family, then the church.
 
There is a big influence of the Indian culture here in Panama but it is not as big as the Catholics or Christians.
 
There are also Jewish people here in Panama, who practice their beliefs freely. The Jewish people have their holy day from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. You will see them go to their synagogues to worship. So we do not do business calls on anyone that we know is Jewish during this time because we know that it is their holy day.
 
There are even buildings that follow strict Jewish laws and you cannot use the elevator at a specific time. They have Sabbath elevators for people who really are not able to take the stairs. One time, our friend who had a caregiver needed to use the building’s service elevator because it was Sabbath and the regular elevators are not working. In the Punta Pacifica and Punta Paitilla area of Panama City, which is very Jewish, people are very mindful of the floor that they are on.
 
Definitely, there is freedom of religion in Panama.
David Whittington of Tucan Golf Club and Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are no issues with any type of religious persecution in Panama.  There’s a big Catholic community, as well as Seventh Day Adventists, Protestants, and there’s a big Jewish community here in Panama.  I’ve also seen Muslim people here.
Dennis Dean Smith of DennisDeanSmith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
What everyone says is true. I have never heard of any type of religious prejudice or persecution. Out of curiosity, I have attended services of several denominations. In all I have been welcomed without question. I enjoy the music, singing and the presentations of the ministers too - even if I can't understand everything they say. In Panama, you can worship as you want. Nice.
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
From Catholics to Baptists, to Union Church, even though  the official religion in Panama is Catholic, freedom for religion is widely accepted by everyone.  Most of the churches are Catholic, though.  In the "interior" is not very common to find different denominations of churches, only Catholic.
 
But in Panama City, you find Catholics, Jews,  Muslims, Baptists, and many others spread out.
Alan Filliger of Alana la Casa del Arte – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
From what I have seen there is a great deal of religious freedom in Panama.   There are people from all over the world living in Panama, with many different religious beliefs.
 
One very interesting thing I realized after I moved to Panama is how well all the different people seem to get along with each other.  People of different beliefs and from different countries may not always mix together freely, but I have not seen evidence of fighting or arguing between different groups.  In Panama there seems to be a live and let live spirit which I find very refreshing.
 
Suha Gomez of Palm Travel and Co. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The main religious group in Panama has to be Catholics, followed by Evangelical Christian, but there are many other religions represented all around the country. The Panamanian Constitution provides the freedom of worship and this is respected by all citizens.  
Anne Gordon de Barrigón of Whale Watching Panama/Emberá Village Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
 Panama is a melting pot for many cultures, races and religions as a result of so many people who came to Panama to work on the railroad, canal and the business and banking industries, you will find almost every religion known to man here in Panama. 
 
The main religion in Panama is Catholic with 85% of the population.  In Panama city, specifically Punta Paitilla area, you will find a large Jewish population, including orthodox and Chassidic.  There is a large Chinese Buddhist population and many temples.  There are Evangelical Christians, a new large Mormon temple, Jehova's Witnesses, Baptist, Afro Caribbean beliefs and even Hindu and Muslim mosques and the only Ba'hai Temple in all of Central and South America. 
 
You will find that most people are accustomed to having many other beliefs around and generally respectful of each person's chosen religion.

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