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published: 5/12/12
updated: 2/18/14

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Religion in Brazil

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Candomble practitioners

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Religion in Brazil Fast Facts

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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.

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