(RNS) Pope Francis’ native Argentina will face off against Benedict XVI’s native Germany in the final World Cup match at 3 p.m. EST Sunday (July 13). To reach the finals, Germany defeated Brazil, the host country 7-1, while Argentina beat the Netherlands on in a shootout Wednesday (July 9).

The religious makeup of the popes’ countries are very different, with Argentina skewing Catholic while Germany has a much higher percentage of nonreligious people. Here’s how the two countries break down by religion:

Germany is set to face off against Argentina on July 13, 2014, during the FIFA World Cup Finals at Maracanã Stadium in Brazil.

Germany is set to face off against Argentina on July 13, 2014, during the FIFA World Cup Finals at Maracanã Stadium in Brazil. RNS graphic by T.J. Thomson

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

5 Comments

  1. Interesting idea for a graphic, but the percentages don’t add up. Germany’s numbers aren’t even close to 100%, and Argentina’s numbers are greater than 100%.

    • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Article author

      Here are the numbers from Pew that were the basis of the chart: http://www.pewforum.org/2012/12/18/table-religious-composition-by-country-in-percentages/

      “Figures may not add exactly due to rounding,” according to the page. Also, as the numbers weren’t broken down by kinds of Christians (Protestant, Catholic, etc.), we used a different source for those numbers, which is probably why they aren’t reconciled.

  2. Yeah, you have to fix those numbers. They’re not even coherent. I may not be an expert, but I’m sure that there’s some Protestants in Germany…some guy named Luther had something to do there….

    • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Article author

      Thanks for reading, Matt. They won’t add up to 100% as stated above. Also, total Christians has been added with Catholics listed as a subset.

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