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pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
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countries
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Notes
Catholic Brazil - 68.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "; "Over 60% of the population is involved in some form of occasional spiritist/occultic practice, though most of these still claim to be Catholic. "
Catholic Brazil - 70.00% - - 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 "; "70 (nominally Roman Catholic) "
Catholic - bishops Brazil 228 - - - 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 Brazil 239 - - - 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 Brazil 305 - - - 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 Brazil 313 - - - 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 Brazil 308 - - - 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 - missionaries Brazil 3,500 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Monday Morning Reality Check " (Protestant); web page: "Brazil, or Saudi Arabia? " by Justin D. Long, 1998 (viewed 5 March 1999) "Brazil has nearly ten times the population of Saudi Arabia... Yet Saudi Arabia has only a handful of people interested in evangelizing it, while more than 7,000 missionaries are at work in Brazil (half of whom are Protestants, and half Catholics). "
Catholic - nuns Brazil 35,984 - - - 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 Brazil 35,935 - - - 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 - practicing Brazil 33,000,000 21.57% - - 1995 *LINK* Epstein, Jack. "Kicking of icon outrages Brazil Catholics " in Dallas Morning News, November 24, 1995; (viewed 30 July 1999, web site: RickRoss.com). "...nonpracticing Catholics, estimated to be as high as 70 percent of its 110 million members... "
Catholic - practicing Brazil 35,000,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Nascimento, Elma Lia. "Praise the Lord and pass the catch-up ", "news from Brazil, November 1995; dateline: Brazzil ". (viewed 30 July 1999, web site: RickRoss.com) "Apparently, Universal with its 3 million faithful is no match for the 105 million Catholics (35 million of which are practicing)... "
Catholic - priests Brazil 12,943 - - - 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 Brazil 15,568 - - - 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 Brazil 939 - - - 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 Brazil 6,805 - - - 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 "
Cayapo Brazil - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 702. Chapter: "South American Tribal Religions "; map: "Tribal Locations "
Christianity Brazil 139,000,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Largest Christian Populations in the World "; (Rank: 2)
Christianity Brazil 157,972,992 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998), pg. 76. Table: "Top 10 Largest Christian Populations in the World "; Rank: #2
Christianity Brazil - 93.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue Database " (viewed circa Dec. 1998) "Religion: Christian 93%, traditional religion 6%, secular 1% "
Christianity - missionaries Brazil 7,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Monday Morning Reality Check " (Protestant); web page: "Brazil, or Saudi Arabia? " by Justin D. Long, 1998 (viewed 5 March 1999) "Brazil has nearly ten times the population of Saudi Arabia... Yet Saudi Arabia has only a handful of people interested in evangelizing it, while more than 7,000 missionaries are at work in Brazil (half of whom are Protestants, and half Catholics). "
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Brazil 286 - 4
units
- 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BRAZIL... Igreja de Deus em Cristo - Menonita (Church of God in Christ, Mennonite); Members: 286; Congregations: 4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 45,747 - - - 1976 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 51,080 - - - 1978 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 71,510 - - - 1980 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 81,504 - - - 1980 Stark, Rodney. "The Rise of a New World Faith " in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by James T. Duke. Religious Studies Center, BYU: Provo, UT (1998), pg. 17. "Table: 1.3: Two Years of Mormon Growth, 1978-80 "; Two columns: "Percentage rate of membership growth 1978-80 " and "Number of members in 1980 "; Growth 1978-80: 59%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 101,584 - - - 1982 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 128,148 - - - 1984 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 202,000 - - - 1985 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 114. Graphic: "Church growth: selected countries "; Shows membership in 1985, 1990, 1995, and 1997 in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Philippines.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 206,000 - - - 1986 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 249,000 - - - 1988 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 370,000 - - - 1990 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 114. Graphic: "Church growth: selected countries "; Shows membership in 1985, 1990, 1995, and 1997 in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Philippines.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 302,000 - - - 1990 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 400,000 - - - 1992 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 442,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995).
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 474,000 - - - 1994 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 548,000 0.30% 1,394
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 Brazil 545,000 - - - 1995 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 114. Graphic: "Church growth: selected countries "; Shows membership in 1985, 1990, 1995, and 1997 in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Philippines.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 548,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* LDS-GEMS Chart
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 600,000 0.38% - - 1997 "Tudo Bem in Brazil " in Ensign (March 1997), pg. 42. Table
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 640,000 - - - 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 114. Graphic: "Church growth: selected countries "; Shows membership in 1985, 1990, 1995, and 1997 in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Philippines.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 640,000 - - - 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 122. "In other countries, Mexico, with 783,000, has the greatest LDS population, but growth projections indicate that Brazil, with 640,000, will become the nation with the second largest LDS population in a few more years. Brazil passed Mexico in the total number of stakes in March of 1997. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 640,000 0.30% 1,729
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 Brazil 650,000 - - - 1998 "President Faust Honored, Breaks Ground for Two Brazil Temples " in Ensign (Aug. 1998), pg. 76. "He noted that while the Church has 26 missions in Brazil and more than 650,000 members organized into 183 stakes, there are about 140 Brazilian cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants... which have never had missionaries. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brazil 640,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* "Dateline: Monday-April-05-1999 - Barbados - News-General "; Barbados Nation Online newspaper (viewed online 6 April 1999). "Mexico and Brazil, with 783 000 and 640 000 members, respectively, follow the United States in membership, and Chile and Peru are fifth and sixth. The country with the fourth highest Latter-Day Saints membership is the Philippines, with 389 000. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - black Brazil 300,000 - - - 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 119. "A rough estimate would place the number of Church members with African roots at year-end 1997 at half a million, with about 100,000 each in Africa and the Caribbean, and another 300,000 in Brazil. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Brazil - - 1
unit
- 1996 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 435-436. Table: "Temples of the Church "; Sao Paulo
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Brazil - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* web site: "LDSWorld "; web page: "Gems Temple Status Page " (viewed 17 July 1999); compiled by Dave Kenison. Updated regularly. Original sources: Deseret News Church Almanac, & announcements thru Church News & other media.; Table: "LOCATIONS & DEDICATIONS OF TEMPLES " (incl. dedication dates)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Brazil - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* web site: "Kim Siever's Temple Site "; web page: "South America " (viewed 18 April 1999). Table with columns: Name [of temple], Year: Operating temples: "Sao Paulo Brasil 1978; Santiago Chile 1983; Guatemala City Guatemala 1984 [in Central America]; Lima Peru 1986; Buenos Aires Argentina 1986 "
Church of the Living Word Brazil - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991), pg. 283. "mid-1970s there were... 14 congregations in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippine Islands, and South Africa. "
Church of the Nazarene Brazil 19,305 0.01% 195
units
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site: Nazarene World Mission Society Church Statistics: Churches; 13 Jan. 1998; total population: 165,083,000
Convencao Brasileira das Igrejas Irmaos Menonitas Brazil 4,059 - 39
units
- 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " BRAZIL... Convencao Brasileira das Igrejas Irmaos Menonitas; Members: 4,059; Congregations: 39
Evangelical Brazil 30,000,000 - - - 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 Brazil 18,000,000 11.00% - - 1997 *LINK* DAWN FridayFax 1997 #42: "Brazil: a sleeping giant's brave dream "; Source and information: Brasil 2010, CP 65, CEP:70359-970, Brasilia, DF, Brazil. Fax (061)-346-7473. Internet: http://www.infobrasil.org/brasil2010. Around 18 million - around 11% of the population - Brazilians consider themselves to be Evangelicals.
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil Brazil 1,000,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Evangelical Lutheran Church in America web site; web page: "January 25, 1996 News Releases " (viewed 9 July 1999). Story: "More than 60 Million Lutherans Worldwide " [96-01-003-FI] List: "Lutheran Churches with more than 1/2 million members "
Guarani Brazil - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 702. Chapter: "South American Tribal Religions "; map: "Tribal Locations "; in an area where southernmost Brazil borders Argentina and Paraguay
Igreja Evangelica Pentecostal Brazil 1,000,000 - - - 1987 Bishop, Peter & Michael Darton (editors). The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World's Living Faiths. New York: Facts on File Publications (1987), pg. 133. "Of the total of about 30 million adherents of Pentecostal Churches, the largest number in any one country is in Brazil where one Church alone, the Assembleias de Deus, counts four million members, and where the Igreja Evangelica Pentecostal -- a member-Church of the World Council of Churches -- counts one million. "
Independent Assemblies of God International Brazil 500,000 - - - 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990), pg. 190. "Independent Assemblies of God, International... It is claimed that their missionary church in Brazil is the largest Protestant church in that country, having 'close to half a million followers.' There are also 200 millionaries in the Philippines... There are 800 churches, 1,800 ministers and evangelists... "
Independent Assemblies of God International Brazil 500,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). "...close to half a million followers [in Brazil] "
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Brazil - - 8,275
units
- 1996 *LINK* official organization web site In the nation of Brazil, there are 8,278 Foursquare churches and meeting places. In 1996, in that country alone, approximately 181,460 people found Christ as Savior.
Islam Brazil 210,000 0.20% - - 1986 *LINK* Web site: "Arabic Paper "; web page: "Muslim Countries of the World " (viewed 15 June 1999). [Written 1998.] [NOTE: Unreliable statistical methodology.] "In 1986... Muslim Education Trust organization [U.K.] obtained... 1971 census & [info. from] Embassies of the respective countires... 1971 census showed the Muslim Minorities countries had around 308 Million Muslim.. "; "...add (784.5M [independent Muslim countries]+ 308M) = 1092.5 Million Muslims in 1971 "; Table shows country, "population " [number of Muslims in the country], & % Muslim. Total adds up to 317,391,000, so these figures are apparently intended to be estimates for 1986.
Islam Brazil 210,000 0.10% - - 2000 K. F. Bin Mohd Noor. "Muslims Statistics... for Year 2000 " [orig. src: Barrett. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982] Table
Jehovah's Witnesses Brazil 145,904 0.11% 2,498
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 Brazil 459,522 0.29% 6,960
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 1,214,774.
Jehovah's Witnesses Brazil 487,661 0.30% 7,386
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 Brazil 392,844 - 2,498
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 Brazil 1,214,774 0.76% 6,960
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 Brazil 1,216,268 0.75% - - 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 Brazil 175,000 - - - 1977 Bermant, Chaim. The Jews. New York: NY Times Books (1977), pg. 239. "...Chile with its 30,000 Jews... "
Judaism Brazil 150,000 - - - 1981 Unterman, Alan. "Judaism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991) [reprint; 1st published in 1984], pg. 25. Map: "Figure 1.4: Main centres of Jewish population, 1981 "
Judaism Brazil 175,000 - - - 1990 Gilbert, Martin (ed.) The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization: 4,000 Years of Jewish History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1990), pg. 216. "...Brazil, which has always had friendly relations with Israel. Here is the second-largest Jewish community in South America, comprising 175,000 people, which has always had a stable existence. "
Judaism Brazil 150,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Largest Jewish Populations in the World "; (Rank: 8)
Judaism Brazil 107,692 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998), pg. 77. Table: "Top 10 Largest Jewish Populations in the World "; Rank: #9
Judaism Brazil 130,000 - - - 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. "
Kaingang Brazil 1,200 - - - 1912 Pinney, Roy. Vanishing Tribes. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1968), pg. viii. "The Kaingang, from the state of Sao Paulo, numbered 1,200 in 1912... "


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