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From Catholic to Protestant, Latin America sees change

February 4, 2016

Latin America remains a mostly Catholic region and culture but its overall numbers have taken a huge dive during the past four decades or so, a survey by the Pew Research Center has found. And the majority of those former Catholics have become Protestants.  According to the study, titled “Religion In Latin America: Widespread Change in a Historically Catholic Region,” the percentage of current Protestants who were raised as Catholics ranges from 15 to 74 percent, with U.S. Hispanics coming in at 47 percent. Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador top the list, showing the trend toward Protestantism in Latin America most clearly. The Pew data shows that the number of Catholics in Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean has plummeted from 90 percent to...

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