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(RNS) Pope Francis' native Argentina will face off against Benedict XVI's Germany in the final World Cup match at 3 p.m. EST Sunday (July 13). A look at both countries' religious makeup.

Categories: Beliefs

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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