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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.
T.J. Thomson

T.J. Thomson

T.J. Thomson is an award-winning photojournalist, designer, and writer. He is the 2013 recipient of the Great Plains Journalism Awards' Student Photographer of the Year title and his work has been published by the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Omaha World-Herald, among others. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in visual communication at the Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for Religion News since 2013.

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.

  3. I think you meant to say “spewing” in the first line of the second paragraph rather than “skewing.”