Religion in Latin America Chapter 1:
Today, immigrants make up a considerable share of Catholics, and many are Hispanic. At the same time, there has been a regional shift, from the Northeast long home to a large percentage of the Catholic faithful and Midwest to the Western and Southern parts of the U.
Our research also has documented the decline of Catholics as a share of the U. Still, roughly one-in-five U. Here are a few key demographic characteristics of the American flock that Pope Francis will find when he visits the U. Catholics are more likely than other Americans to be immigrants or children of immigrants.
Indeed, more than a quarter of U.
Catholics are from elsewhere in the Americas. The share of U. Catholics are about as diverse as Americans overallbut their specific racial and ethnic composition is somewhat different. Compared with all U. Over the last several years, the Catholic population in the U. But between andthe shares of U.
The three cities that Pope Francis is visiting this month — Washington, D. See a separate analysis for comparisons with other major U.
When it comes to race and ethnicity, Catholics in different areas of the country are very different. And indeed, the growing share of Hispanics — especially in certain regions — is linked to the shift in Catholic geography.
In the two most populous U.
American Catholics are aging. The median age of Catholic adults in the U. Catholics are significantly older than members of non-Christian faiths 40 and people who are not affiliated with any religion Aug 09, · Leaving Catholicism. Nearly all current Catholics in Latin America say that they were raised Catholic.
At the same time, many people who currently identify themselves as Protestant or unaffiliated also were raised Catholic. Hispanics in the United States and the Catholic Church million Hispanics live in the United States or 16 percent of the total U.S.
population, according to the U.S.
Census. Five years after the election of Pope Francis, Ospino said that Hispanic and Latino Catholics in the United States are feeling a new sense of belonging in the Church, including in the United.
May 06, · Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church.
But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion.
Jul 16, · Camino a Emaús: this is the title of a Hispanic Bible conference being organized by the American Bible Society and the University of Notre Dame, to take plac. Hispanic or Latino Catholics are developing youth and social programs to retain members, as well as the spread of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Media. Univisión is the country's largest Spanish language network, followed by Telemundo.