The finding came as a surprise to many in Brazil because this South American country has some of the lowest levels of restrictions on religion among the world's most populous countries.
Low restrictions on religious freedom are particularly notable given the tremendous religious change occurring in Brazil. For instance, in this Catholic-majority country, millions have affiliated with other Christian groups ranging from Pentecostals and Evangelicals to Seventh Day Adventists and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).*
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Despite dramatic religious changes occurring in Brazil, the Pew Research study finds that there have been no reported incidents of hostility over conversions or proselytism.
For a dynamic summary of the Pew Research statistics presented at São Paulo's international religious freedom festival, see my TEDx Talk.
* The share of Catholics in Brazil dropped from 74% in 2000 to 65% in 2010, largely offset by the increase in Protestants from 15% in 2000 to 22% in 2010. (Read more about religious affiliation in Brazil.)
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