Brazilian catholic church losing ground to evangelists, atheists and agnostics

Mercopress, 09/01/2011

Evangelists already represent 20.2% of the Brazilian population

The Brazilian Catholic Church continues to lose ground to the evangelists and those who declare to have no religion, according to the latest survey released by the Social policies centre from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio.

According to the new religions map of Brazil, coordinated by sociologist Marcelo Neri, Catholics have dropped from 73.8% of the total Brazilian population to 68.4% in 2009, which represents a fall of 5.4 percentage points.

Simultaneously evangelists now represent 20.2% of the population compared to 17.9% in 2003, and those with no religion (atheists and agnostics) have jumped from 5.1% in 2003 to 6.7% in 2009.

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