Brazil Loses 9 Million Catholics in 2 Years

Brazil soon will no longer hold the position as the country with the largest number of Catholics in the world. For years the number of people who have declared themselves Roman Catholic are in grave decline, and the last survey by Datafolha Institute indicates a loss of about 9 million faithful since 2014.

The institute heard 2.828 voting-eligible Brazilians, randomly selected as a representative sample of the population. The margin of error is two percentage points (level of confidence 95%). Two years ago, 60 percent of Brazilians over the age of 16 declared themselves Catholics. According to the latest survey published on December 25, the percentage is now only 50 percent — a loss of 9 million.


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