New Pope: We Talk Facts: US Hispanics, Latin America & Pope Francis

Posted: Apr 20 2014

We've spent most of the day celebrating and taking in the excitement about the new habla Español Pope! We’re so excited! Here are some facts we've assembled about Catholicism and our new Papa!

Facts About Pope Francis
1.2 Billion Catholics
1st to take the name Francis
1st Latin American Pope
1st Pope From the Americas
39% of Latin Americans identify as Catholic
Speaks 3 (or 4 languages…research shows
Born in 1936 to an Italian immigrant family to Argentina: 1 of 5 children
Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998
Speaks Spanish, Italian, German, conversant in English
According to Italian news media – he was the runner up in the 2005 pope election conclave
76 years old

Selected Facts on Latin America & Catholicism,  and U.S. Latinos/Hispanics
54% of U.S. Hispanics identify as Catholic (Gallup)
Mexico: 82.7% of citizens identify as Catholic: 92.9 Million people
Brazil has the largest number of Catholics in the world: 123 Million Catholics or 64.6% (Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics)
Argentina: 92% of the country is Catholic with 20% practicing or approximately 36.3 Million people
Colombia: 90% of the country is Catholic or 38 Million people
El Salvador: 79.1% of the country is Catholic or 5.3 Million people Staff


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