The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is also the country with the largest Catholic population in the world. Almost 2/3 of the country’s population – 123 million people – identify as Catholic. Such a large geography and population means that Brazilian Catholicism is far more diverse and multifaceted than might often be portrayed.
From small but fervent community gatherings to read gospel and discuss social welfare issues, to the grand spectacle of Holy Week passion plays and processions, and the mass popularity of iconic singing priests, Brazilians have found forms of Catholicism that respond to their modern lifestyles.
In the News
- As evangelicals gain, Catholics on verge of losing majority in Brazil - National Catholic Reporter - February 5, 2020
- The Catholic Cup: Brazil 2014 - Huffington Post - June 18, 2014
- Evangelical Christians gain political clout in Catholic Brazil - Reuters - June 9, 2013