Latin Americans leaving Roman Catholic faith
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Latin Americans leaving Roman Catholic faith

A survey says Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others have dropped organized religion altogether in a major shift in the region’s religious identity.

The Pew Research Center says its survey done across the region found that while 84 percent of Latin American adults report they were raised Catholic, only 69 percent currently identify as such.

At the same time, Protestants have gained members. About one in 10 Latin Americans were raised Protestant, but nearly one in five now call themselves Protestant. About 4 percent of Latin Americans report they were raised with no religion, but 8 percent say they have no tie to any faith.