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Notes
Catholic Bolivia 6,270,000 95.00% - - 1989 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies [Total pop.] 6.6 million 1989. Ninety-five percent Roman Catholic, but many only nominal adherents. Active Protestant minority, especially Evangelical Methodists. In 1980s Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, and various Pentecostal denom
Catholic Bolivia 6,935,000 95.00% - - 1990 Morrison, Marion. Bolivia (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (first ed. 1988; revised edition 1997), pg. 116-117. "95% of the Bolivian people are Roman Catholic... Est. 1990 pop. - 7,300,000... Est. 1993 pop., 7,969,000 "
Catholic Bolivia - 93.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Catholic Bolivia - - 486
units
- 1992 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years) Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic Bolivia 7,570,550 95.00% - - 1993 Morrison, Marion. Bolivia (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (first ed. 1988; revised edition 1997), pg. 116-117. "95% of the Bolivian people are Roman Catholic... Est. 1990 pop. - 7,300,000... Est. 1993 pop., 7,969,000 "
Catholic Bolivia 6,636,000 89.50% 520
units
- 1995 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997), pg. 333-367. Figures are as of Dec. 31, 1995. Number used for "congregations " is from number of Catholic parishes.
Catholic Bolivia 6,020,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Catholic Bolivia 7,286,374 95.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist); Total population: 7,669,868.
Catholic Bolivia - - 516
units
- 1997 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years) Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic Bolivia 7,435,034 95.00% - - 1998 *LINK* CIA World Factbook 1998 (viewed June 24, 1999) "Population: 7,826,352 (July 1998 est.)... Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) "
Catholic Bolivia - 25.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; "The figure for animists includes those who were baptized Catholic but who are in reality practicing animists. "
Catholic Bolivia - 95.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Wholesome Words: Worldwide Missions " by Stephen Ross, "First Edition, 1998 "; [original sources: The World Book Encyclopedia, c1998.] Table: "Major Roman Catholic Countries of the World "
Catholic Bolivia 6,806,750 95.00% - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "National Population: 7,165,000... Religions: Roman Catholic, 95%; Protestants and practitioners of traditional Indian beliefs, 5% "
Catholic Bolivia - 95.00% - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 95. "Although outwardly the Spanish appear to have succeeded in their mission (95% of all Bolivians are Catholic), in reality most of the Indians and many choles and mestizos still recognize the traditional gods as well... "
Catholic - bishops Bolivia 16 - - - 1977 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years); "Tables courtesy of Anthony Gill " Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic - bishops Bolivia 19 - - - 1982 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years); "Tables courtesy of Anthony Gill " Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic - bishops Bolivia 20 - - - 1987 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years); "Tables courtesy of Anthony Gill " Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic - bishops Bolivia 52 - - - 1992 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years); "Tables courtesy of Anthony Gill " Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic - bishops Bolivia 30 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Catholic Almanac (various years); "Tables courtesy of Anthony Gill " Table 5: "Catholic Bishops and Parishes in South America "
Catholic - nuns Bolivia 1,278 - - - 1972 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 3.1: "Growth or Decline in Religious Sisters, 1972-1996 "
Catholic - nuns Bolivia 2,150 - - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 3.1: "Growth or Decline in Religious Sisters, 1972-1996 "
Catholic - priests Bolivia 812 - - - 1972 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 2: "Increase in Priests, 1972-1996 "
Catholic - priests Bolivia 1,038 - - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 2: "Increase in Priests, 1972-1996 "
Catholic - seminarians Bolivia 49 - - - 1972 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 1.1: "Increase in Seminarians "
Catholic - seminarians Bolivia 820 - - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "Religion in Latin America " (Providence College); web page: "Statistics " (viewed 14 Aug. 1999). [Orig. source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 1996; Catholic Almanac 1975. Table 1.1: "Increase in Seminarians "
Christianity Bolivia - 95.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue Database " (viewed circa Dec. 1998) "Religion: Christian 95%, Baha'i 3%, traditional religion 1%, secular 1% "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 350 - - - 1968 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 1,685 - - - 1970 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 9,700 - - - 1977 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 14,000 - - - 1980 "Pioneering in the Andes " in Ensign (Jan. 1997), pg. 16. "By 1980 membership had jumped to 14,000 in Boliva alone, 19,000 in Ecuador, and 23,000 in Peru. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 14,000 - - - 1980 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 64,000 - - - 1990 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 89,000 1.10% 194
units
- 1995 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 188-408. "Year-end 1995: Est. population [of country]; Members, [number shown in '# of adherents' column to left] "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 88,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* LDS-GEMS In 1968 the Church had about 350 members, but it jumped to 1,685 in 1970. There were 9,700 in 1977; 14,000 in 1980; 64,000 in 1990; and 88,000 in 1996 with sixteen stakes, eight districts, and two missions.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 90,000 - - - 1997 "The Church in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela " in Ensign (Jan. 1997), pg. 79. "Peru has the most members with 300,000, followed by Ecuador with 128,000, Colombia with 115,000, Bolivia with 90,000, and Venezuela with 75,000. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia 100,000 1.30% 239
units
- 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 267-410. Information from a variety of sources. Figures for year-end 1997.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bolivia - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Church of the Nazarene Bolivia 13,945 0.17% 206
units
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site: Nazarene World Mission Society Church Statistics: Churches; 13 Jan. 1998; total population: 8,421,000
Evangelical Bolivia 770,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Evangelical Christian Union Bolivia 30,000 - 1,000
units
- 1999 *LINK* "South America " in SIM NOW, Feb. 1999 (vol. #85); (viewed online 6 July 1999); SIM International web site. "Bolivia is the least developed of South American countries. The SIM-related church-the Evangelical Christian Union (UCE)-has grown from a few churches in 1950 to a fellowship of more than 30,000 believers in about 450 fully organized churches. Including the developing churches and preaching points, the total number of groups of believers reaches about 1,000 "
Iglesia Evangelica Menonita Boliviana Bolivia 250 - 5
units
- 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BOLIVIA... Iglesia Evangelica Menonita Boliviana... Members: 250; Congregations: 5
Islam Bolivia 1,000 0.01% - - 2000 K. F. Bin Mohd Noor. "Muslims Statistics... for Year 2000 " [orig. src: Barrett. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982] Table
Jehovah's Witnesses Bolivia 3,462 0.06% 76
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Bolivia 13,464 0.17% 214
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 50,238.
Jehovah's Witnesses Bolivia 14,747 0.19% 223
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Bolivia 14,783 - 76
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Bolivia 50,238 0.65% 214
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Bolivia 53,303 0.68% - - 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Judaism Bolivia 380 - - - 1998 *LINK* Jewish Communities of the World web site (1998) Table: World Jewry. "collected our data from from demographic and other academic studies, community reports, and up-dates in the general media... consulted with experts to verify findings before reaching our assessments and estimates. "
La Iglesia Evangelica Anabautista de Bolivia Bolivia 222 - 6
units
- 1994 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BOLIVIA... La Iglesia Evangelica Anabautista de Bolivia... Members (1994): 222; Congregations: 6
Mennonite World Conference Bolivia 6,714 - - - 1997 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site; page: "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Membership Totals " (viewed 8 Aug. 1999). Table: "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Membership Totals "; "based on the most recent data available... from 1996 or 1997... statistics indicate baptized members "; Dif. religious bodies: 6.
Methodist Episcopal Church Bolivia - - - - 1993 Morrison, Marion. Bolivia (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (first ed. 1988; revised edition 1997), pg. 116-117. "95% of the Bolivian people are Roman Catholic... Protestant denominations include the Methodist Episcopal church, the Baptists, and Jehovah's Witnesses. "
Native Americans Bolivia - 50.00% - - 1968 Pinney, Roy. Vanishing Tribes. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1968), pg. 190. "Of the 3,800,000 souls in Peru and Bolivia, 50 percent are Indian [descendants of Incas], 35 percent are of mixed blood, and 15% are whites. "
New Tribes Bolivia - - - - 1999 *LINK* "Soon, God's Word will echo throughout the majestic Andes... A New Messenger for the Quechua " in SIM NOW, April 1999 (vol. #86); (viewed online 6 July 1999); SIM International web site. "Although SIM is the owner and the ministry responsible for Radio Mosoj Chaski, the project would not have come this far without co-workers from Pioneers, New Tribes, and Quechuas for Christ. "
Nonreligious Bolivia - 6.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
other Bolivia 365,000 5.00% - - 1990 Morrison, Marion. Bolivia (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (first ed. 1988; revised edition 1997), pg. 116-117. "95% of the Bolivian people are Roman Catholic... Protestant denominations include the Methodist Episcopal church, the Baptists, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Judaism and Islam have a small number of adherents... Est. 1990 pop. - 7,300,000... Est. 1993 pop., 7,969,000 "
other Bolivia 398,450 5.00% - - 1993 Morrison, Marion. Bolivia (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (first ed. 1988; revised edition 1997), pg. 116-117. "95% of the Bolivian people are Roman Catholic... Protestant denominations include the Methodist Episcopal church, the Baptists, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Judaism and Islam have a small number of adherents... Est. 1990 pop. - 7,300,000... Est. 1993 pop., 7,969,000 "
other Bolivia 800,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; "other " = NOT Roman Catholic or Evangelical Protestant
other Bolivia 358,250 5.00% - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "National Population: 7,165,000... Religions: Roman Catholic, 95%; Protestants and practitioners of traditional Indian beliefs, 5% "
Plymouth Brethren Bolivia - - 85
units
- 1998 *LINK* web page: "'Plymouth Brethren' FAQ "; "Author: Shawn Abigail; November1998; Version 1.6.1 " Besides whatever "open " meetings there are there, there are 85 assemblies in Bolivia
primal-indigenous Bolivia - - - - 1985 Griffiths, John. Let's Visit Bolivia. London, England: Burke Publishing, Co. (1985), pg. 60, 68. "Roman Catholicism is the main religion of Bolivia and the church plays an important part in Bolivian life. Yet Christianity has not completely replaced the pre-Colombian religions... rather it has been adapted to these earlier religions. "; pg. 68: "Freedom of worship is guaranteed by law in Bolivia but there are few churches which are not... Roman Catholic... "
primal-indigenous Bolivia - - - - 1988 Martin, Michael (ed). Bolivia (series: "Children of the World "). Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gareth Stevens Publishing (1988), pg. 59. "Almost 95% of Bolivians are Roman Catholics... However, religion as practiced in many parts of the country is a mixture of Christian and native Indian beliefs... "
primal-indigenous Bolivia - 55.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; listed in table as "animism "; "The figure for animists includes those who were baptized Catholic but who are in reality practicing animists. "
primal-indigenous Bolivia - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue Database " (viewed circa Dec. 1998) "Religion: Christian 95%, Baha'i 3%, traditional religion 1%, secular 1% "
primal-indigenous Bolivia - - - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "National Population: 7,165,000... Religions: Roman Catholic, 95%; Protestants and practitioners of traditional Indian beliefs, 5% "
primal-indigenous Bolivia - - - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 95. "Although outwardly the Spanish appear to have succeeded in their mission (95% of all Bolivians are Catholic), in reality most of the Indians and many choles and mestizos still recognize the traditional gods as well... "
Protestant Bolivia - 9.50% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Protestant Bolivia - - - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "National Population: 7,165,000... Religions: Roman Catholic, 95%; Protestants and practitioners of traditional Indian beliefs, 5% "
Quechua Bolivia 2,347,906 30.00% - - 1998 *LINK* CIA World Factbook 1998 (viewed June 24, 1999) "Population: 7,826,352 (July 1998 est.)... Ethnic groups: Quechua 30%, Aymara 25%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry) 25%-30%, white 5%-15% "
Quechua Bolivia 2,149,500 30.00% - - 1999 Schimmel, Karen. Bolivia ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "National Population: 7,165,000... Ethnic Groups: Quechuas, 30%; mestizo, 30%; Aymara, 25%; European, 14%... "
Quechuas for Christ Bolivia - - - - 1999 *LINK* "Soon, God's Word will echo throughout the majestic Andes... A New Messenger for the Quechua " in SIM NOW, April 1999 (vol. #86); (viewed online 6 July 1999); SIM International web site. "Although SIM is the owner and the ministry responsible for Radio Mosoj Chaski, the project would not have come this far without co-workers from Pioneers, New Tribes, and Quechuas for Christ. "
Reinland Mennonite Church Bolivia 160 - - - 1990 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BOLIVIA... Reinlander Mennonitengemeinde... Members (1990): 160+/-
secular Bolivia - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue Database " (viewed circa Dec. 1998) "Religion: Christian 95%, Baha'i 3%, traditional religion 1%, secular 1% "
SIM International Bolivia 30,000 - 1,000
units
- 1999 *LINK* "South America " in SIM NOW, Feb. 1999 (vol. #85); (viewed online 6 July 1999); SIM International web site. "Bolivia is the least developed of South American countries. The SIM-related church-the Evangelical Christian Union (UCE)-has grown from a few churches in 1950 to a fellowship of more than 30,000 believers in about 450 fully organized churches. Including the developing churches and preaching points, the total number of groups of believers reaches about 1,000 "
Sommerfeld Mennonite Church Bolivia 252 - - - 1994 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BOLIVIA... Sommerfelder Mennonitengemeinde... Members (1994): 252


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