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Infographics showing the distribution of the Roman Catholic population in the world, where it has risen and fallen in recent years.
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As mentioned earlier, a South American pope was a symbolic recognition of the demographic shift in the Church's population away from Europe.
Tags: culture, religion, Christianity.
This graph and article relay the information that Latin American countries are still so prodominately Catholic. Politically, it is understandable then that the newest Pope originates from Latin American countries, and he is therefore able to reach out to the audience of the majority and relate to them.