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Brazil: Evangelical Population Explodes; Catholic Church Declines

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Christian Post — The evangelical population of Brazil increased by 16 million people over the 10 year period from 2000 to 2010 to 42.3 million, according to census results from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) published Friday.

The 2010 census results reveal that over the three decades to 2010 the percentage of evangelicals jumped from 6.6 percent to 22.2 percent of the overall Brazilian population; making it the fastest growing religious segment in the Latin American country.

However, despite the rapid evangelical growth, the Catholic population has decreased over the same 10 year period. In 2000 the Catholic population represented 73.6 percent of Brazil’s population, but by 2010 that percentage had decreased to under two-thirds at 64.6 percent.

It was found that the decline of Catholicism affected every region of the country, with the largest decrease coming in the Northern region, where the Catholic population fell from 71.3 percent of the population in 2000 to 60.6 percent in 2010. In the same region over the same period the evangelical population increased from 19.8 percent to 28.5 percent.

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