Religious trends in Venezuela and Latin America: change or transformation?

StatMark Research | Religious trends in Venezuela and Latin American

Venezuela, a country with a rich history and culture, is also home to a diverse range of religious beliefs. From dominant Catholicism to indigenous traditions and Afro-descendant religions, the Venezuelan religious landscape is a fascinating mosaic.

Catholicism: The majority faith

With 58% of the population identifying as Catholic, Catholicism is the predominant religion in Venezuela. Introduced by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, the Catholic Church has played a fundamental role in shaping Venezuelan society.

Holidays and traditions

Religious holidays, such as Holy Week, Christmas, and the Day of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, are massive events that are part of the cultural fabric of the country.

Influence on everyday life.

Catholicism has permeated the social, educational, and political life of Venezuela. Christian values, such as family, solidarity, and compassion, are considered pillars of society.

StatMark Research | Venezuela Main Religious Beliefs

Non-Catholic Christianity: Sustained Growth

In recent decades, non-Catholic Christianity has experienced significant growth in Venezuela. It is estimated that 39% of the population professes some non-Catholic denomination, mainly Evangelical

Diversity of denominations

Evangelical churches, with their focus on personal Bible reading and the individual experience of faith, have attracted a segment of the population seeking a more personal connection with God.

Other religions: Minorities with presence

Evangelicals: With 20% of the population, they are the second largest religion in Venezuela

Atheists: 2% of the population declare themselves Atheist or non-believer. (singular).

Non-practicing believers: This is another of the prominent groups, 11% of the population declares themselves believers but does not belong to any specific church.

Santería: Brought by African slaves, Santería is a syncretic religion that combines elements of the Yoruba religion with Catholicism.

Religious freedom: A fundamental right

The Venezuelan Constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all people. The Venezuelan State recognizes and respects the country’s religious diversity.

Religion in today's Venezuela

In a context of social and political changes, religion continues to play an important role in the lives of many Venezuelans. The different religious communities work together for peace, justice, and social well-being.



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