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73% of Spaniards claim to be Catholic but over half don't go to mass
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ThinkSpain , Tuesday, October 4, 2011

73.3% of Spaniards claim to be Catholic, although 57.1% say they "hardly ever" go to mass.

According to data released today by the Centre for Sociological Investigations (CIS), the number of Spaniards claiming to be Catholics has dropped by 2% compared with the 2010 figures, when 75% of those surveyed claimed to be Catholic, and confirms the tendency seen over the past decade.

The CIS survey shows that only 2.2% of the population in Spain practise other religions.

14.9% of those surveyed said they were "non believers", a percentage which is increasing as steadily as the number of Catholics drops.  In addition to the "non believers" 7.4% of Spaniards claimed to be "atheist".

The CIS also asked members of the public how often they went to church, excluding so-called social occasions like weddings, Christenings, First Holy Communions or funerals.

The majority (57.1%) said they "hardly ever" went - this figure was 47% in 2005 and was bearly over 40% a decade ago.

 Just 15.9% say they attend a religious service most Sundays ad feast days, a figure which has also been falling gradually over the past ten years.

 

 
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