Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change religion or belief, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 18)
Office of Religious Affairs
The OAR is a service within the Area of Citizen Rights, Culture, Participation and Transparency which works to guarantee the exercise of the right to religious freedom in Barcelona and to ensure all choices of conscience, religious or otherwise, are recognised and respected and can participate as a normal aspect of citizen life.
The OAR is aimed at all religious organisations that carry out their activities in Barcelona, at the various municipal services that relate to these organisations and at all the people and organisations interested in religious diversity and its presence in our city’s public spaces.
What do we do?
It is under these lines of action that the OAR:
- Gives support to religious organisations when holding their activities in the city.
- Facilitates collaboration between religious organisations and the City Council.
- Promotes the inclusion of religious organisations in the public networks in their area and works to normalise their presence in public spaces.
- It disseminates the religious diversity found in Barcelona
How we do it
- By supporting the religious organisations in all the processes that affect their members’ daily lives (places of worship, activities, grants and subsidies etc.)
- By collaborating with other municipal services in their relations with religious organisations.
- By organising and giving support to initiatives and activities which promote information on religious diversity, as well as the right to religious freedom and the inclusion of this diversity in citizen dynamics.
- By providing information on religious diversity in Barcelona through the Directory of Religious Organizations and Places of Worship and the website.
Why we do it
Barcelona City Council is committed to championing and guaranteeing human rights and is therefore launching a model for managing religious diversity, on the one hand focused on championing the right to religious freedom and conscience and, on the other, to laicism, understood as the framework in which all choice of conscience, religious or otherwise, can coexist in full equality and with full respect.