Only 13 percent of Spain's Catholics say they practice faith


New data shows that despite over 70 percent of Spaniards identifying themselves as Catholic, only 13.6 percent say they practice their faith and attend services on Sunday and holy days.

A new study from the Center for Sociological Studies in Spain showed the number of those who claim to be Catholic remains practically unchanged from last year, with just a small 0.2 percent decrease.

According to the data, of all those polled by the survey who claim to be believers – both Catholics (73.4 percent) and those of other religions (1.9 percent) – 58.2 percent “almost never” attend Mass, up from 57.8 percent last year.

Respondents who said they attend religious services – excluding weddings, First Communions or funerals – “several times a year” increased from 16.4 percent to 17.7 percent, while those who practice their faith “once a month” fell from 10.1 percent to 7.3 percent.

The poll also showed that believers of other religions decreased from 2.5 percent to 1.9 percent, while those who claim to be non-believers fell from 15 percent to 14.7 percent.


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