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Religion in Latin America

by Bill Hayes

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project has a new study titled Religion in Latin America, with analysis of a number of polls conducted in the region.

Latin America is home to more than 425 million Catholics — nearly 40% of the world’s total Catholic population — and the Roman Catholic Church now has a Latin American pope for the first time in its history. Yet identification with Catholicism has declined throughout the region, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey that examines religious affiliations, beliefs and practices in 18 countries and one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) across Latin America and the Caribbean. [more]

LatinAmerica overview