Peru: Youth Less Likely To Consider Themselves Religious


Less than a third of Catholic youth in Peru consider themselves to be religious, according to a study carried out in March by the market research firm GFK Company and the national newspaper The Republic.

The survey, conducted in three cities in Peru, also reveals that 41 percent of people polled consider themselves to be religious, compared to 59 percent that consider themselves to be somewhat, little or not at all religious, the Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency reported.

This information contrasts with that of the 2007 National Population Census, according to which 97.1 percent of the Peruvians said that they belonged to a religion, with 81.3 percent saying they were Catholic. A previous survey carried out by the University of Lima in 2009 showed 77.5 percent of the population of the capital city indicated that they considered themselves Catholic.

The GFK study also finds that 48 percent of those considered to be the most religious are concentrated in the south of the country. In the east, 35 percent of the survey population considers itself to be little or not at all religious.

Only 17 percent of all interviewed said that they attend Mass one or more times a week. That number is lower among those under 40, with only 11 percent saying they attend mass at least once a week, a number that increases to 23 percent of those over 40.

On the other hand, 39 percent of the young people expressed devotion to a saint.

The GFK survey also found that controversial Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, the highest ranking representative of the Opus Dei in Peru, has a 49 percent approval rate among Catholics, while 41 percent disapprove. Cipriani had supported the Fujimori regime, which was accused of supporting internal armed conflict and the violation of human rights.


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One thought on “Peru: Youth Less Likely To Consider Themselves Religious

  • April 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    There has actually not been that drastic a drop in south america from being Catholic to using the currently acceptable methods resulting from the united States government’s insistence that even their own versions of English speaking religions not know the method they speak their own language.
    One Laptop Per Child recently reported a division between the children and teachers there in Peru…but when neighbors (Brazil)are given implants to follow them 24/7 in the clothing children are required to wear to schools, you would have to be reminded of where that idea originated (the uS) and put all the pieces together from the country that currently does not practice privacy and consent and has not since before June 15th 2006.(no-knock)
    In the uS…it is more politically correct to purchase what was made in China than to manufacture a communications device yourself.Just a continuance of a monopoly type government’s empowerment over the ones they are elected to represent.
    Truth is though…there is a mokvement in South America that is a Catholic, Jewish or religious one…it’s more like you would have found practiced during the 5th dynasty during the lives of Asenath and Joseph…or when the Mexican Indians and Peruvian Indians flew canoes using fabric over the canoes and burning wood making a hot air balloon…Mayan Indians have the hieroglyphics inside their tombs or mastabas.
    At least they are all recognized by the Catholic members. There is a movement using Creative Commons and open source verses the proprietary stuff that puts you right there suspect of going to jail…and who would like jail in Peru and be challenged not to get some disease from Rats?
    Peru has a home building program that outshines the uS when it means taking care of your own poor. My guess that Homeland security is messing things up like they have always since being established during the Bush administration…that is what happens to religion…when it is what the agency is for…be how they are around the ones that are definitely not like them.(brain dead, when it comes to the emotional intelligence from taking orders and living that way)
    I sometimes use the term eminent destiny too, to describe the results of governing a commercial and political religion…like the Democratic and Republican parties in the uS have continued to appear…especially when you see how they conduct themselves in front of the same religious establishments.


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