The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom.
The constitution protects the right of individuals to choose and change their religion and to interpret their religious beliefs for themselves.
The constitution provides for separation of church and state and prohibits the state from imposing religious beliefs and practices.
Violations of religious freedom are crimes subject to penalties of between three months and three years in prison.
Although there is no state religion, the government grants privileges to the Roman Catholic Church that other groups do not receive.
The constitution and the law require that all associations, whether religious or secular, register with the Justice Ministry. The constitutional registration criteria state that an association may not be armed; may not promote violence, racism, xenophobia, or dictatorship; and may not be in violation of penal law. Registered groups may apply for loans and benefits, both government and private, offered to associations. To register, a religious group must submit a copy of its charter and statutes signed by its members. Failure to register does not result in any restriction of religious practice.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, All Saints’ Day, and Christmas. In addition, each municipality has a holiday to honor its Catholic patron saint.