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Pope heads to Brazil for youth fest

PAUPER POPE:Instead of banquets with officials, Pope Francis is to meet priests, youths, jail inmates and crack addicts as he spreads his vision for a ‘church for the poor’

AFP, RIO DE JANEIRO

About 123 million Brazilians identified themselves as Catholics in 2010 — 64.6 percent of the total population — down from 91.8 percent in 1970, census figures show.

In contrast, evangelicals, capitalizing on deft use of their television, radio and social media networks, continue to rise in numbers.

With a wide network of places of worship, they grew from 5.2 percent of the population in 1970, to 22.2 percent, or 42.3 million, in 2010.

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