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Growing Protestantism

Baylor University researcher Paul Charles Freston predicts that 20 percent to 35 percent of Latin America will be Protestant in the coming decades.

In Brazil, where Freston is professor at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, the Roman Catholic church loses about 1 percent of its members each year, he said.

He believes the shifts will lead to a smaller, more committed core of Roman Catholics and fewer secular privileges for the church.


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