The skyrocketing Catholic population of Latin America

The selection of Pope Francis caught many by surprise, but the choice of a pope from Latin America over Europe does follow some demographic trends.

Olga Khazan of The Atlantic points us to these Pew charts showing how the world's Catholic population has shifted from Europe to Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This chart in particular shows how the number of Catholics in Latin America and the  Caribbean has skyrocketed:

(via Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life)

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