Catholic Church losing ground in Latin America


(RNS7-july27) Pope Francis in his popemobile on the way to Copacabana Beach for the re-enactment of the Way of the Cross. For use with RNS-POPE-BRAZIL, transmitted on July 27, 2013, RNS photo by Robson Coehlo.

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MIAMI (RNS) People gave a wide variety of reasons for abandoning the Catholic Church. The most common answer was people saying they wanted a more personal connection with God.