Pentecostalism in Latin America

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A Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey showed that a majority of Latin Americans today are charismatics, who having experienced the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit," and who engage in ecstatic liturgical practices. Although some of are part of Catholic Charismatic Renewal--the most rapidly-growing sector of the Church in Latin America today--most of these are Protestant Pentecostals. This presentation will discuss the grown of Pentecostalism in Latin America over the past thirty years, with special attention to multinational mega-churches such as Brazil's Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, as well as to what some have called the "pentecostalization" of religion in Latin American in general. It will also explore the question of whether Latin America's Pentecostal "boom" has or has not begun to plateau, especially in light of the "Francis Effect."

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