01 December 2014

Latina/os in the United States

Updated: December 1, 2014
News articles reports, analysis, and other statistical/demographic resources on Latina/os in the U.S.:

Santa Muerte (Al-Jazeera News)

She’s often depicted as the patron saint of murderers and narco-traffickers, and the Catholic Church condemns devotion to her as blasphemy. But Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is a Mexican folk saint with a growing following across North America, particularly among the marginalized – transsexuals, immigrants, the poor. A community of Santa Muerte devotees in Queens, New York, shows the life inherent in the worship of Saint Death as they prepare for their annual fiesta in her honor.

Christians of Asia (ABC Radio National Encounter)

Christians of Asia (ABC Radio National Encounter, 29 November 2014)

When people talk about “The Asian Century”, they’re usually referring to the expected economic and political dominance of Asia over the next hundred years. But if the growth of Christianity in the region continues, then the 21st century could also turn out to be the Asian Christian Century. Already, there are more practicing Protestants in China than in the UK, and according to some estimates, Communist China could become the world’s largest Christian nation by 2030. In addition, ethnic Asian churches continue to grow and prosper in countries like Australia and the U.S., despite the continuing overall decline of Christianity in the west. Does the rise of Asian economic might coinciding with the rise of Christianity have the potential to alter the religious profile of our region?

Religion in Latin America (Pew Research)

Latin America is home to more than 425 million Catholics – nearly 40% of the world’s total Catholic population – and the Roman Catholic Church now has a Latin American pope for the first time in its history. Yet identification with Catholicism has declined throughout the region, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey that examines religious affiliations, beliefs and practices in 18 countries and one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) across Latin America and the Caribbean.