Religion in Brazil

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Fast Facts and Religious Adherent Statistics
Population 213,445,417 (#7 in world) (2021 est.)
Demonym noun: Brazilian(s)
adjective: Brazilian
Ethnic Groups White 47.7%, Mulatto (mixed White and Black) 43.1%, Black 7.6%, Asian 1.1%, Indigenous 0.4% (2010 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2% (includes Adventist 6.5%, Assembly of God 2.0%, Christian Congregation of Brazil 1.2%, Universal Kingdom of God 1.0%, other Protestant 11.5%), other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)
Christianity 87.9% (2010 est.)
Roman Catholicism 64.6% (2010 est.)
Protestantism 22.2% (2010 est.)
Unaffiliated 8% (2010 est.)
Adventism 6.5% (2010 est.)
Spiritism 6.5% (2010 est.)
Assemblies Of God 2% (2010 est.)

Religion in Brazil Fast Facts

  • Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6% (many accepting the label "Catholic" practices religions common to Brazil such as Umbanda and Candomble)
  • Protestant 15.4%
  • Spiritualist 1.3%
  • Bantu/voodoo 0.3%
  • Other 1.8%
  • Unspecified 0.2%
  • None 7.4%

Summary of Religion in Brazil

Religion in Brazil is diverse.

Brazil’s constitution establishes a secular government, where citizens are free to choose their religion.

Although there are a number of minority religions in Brazil, the country is mostly made up of adherents to Roman Catholicism, practitioners of religious activities brought from Africa by slaves centuries ago, and native religions to Brazil. Many who identify as "Catholic" practice religions common to Brazil such as Umbanda and Candomble.

In some cases, people combine these three religions, but often still identify with the label “Roman Catholic.”

Protestant Christianity is also growing in the country, especially Neo-Pentecostalism.

Sources

CIA Factbook

Sources

  1. Brazil.” CIA World Factbook.
  2. Brazil.” Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.
  3. Brazil.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
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Title Religion in Brazil
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Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
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MLA Citation “Religion in Brazil.” ReligionFacts.com. 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021. <religionfacts.com/brazil>