Most of the country’s 27 million people, including more than a third of Brazilians, are Protestant, according to a survey by the Center for Religious Studies, a Brazilian think tank.
That means that a significant number of Brazil’s Catholics, who account for more than 90% of the population, follow an independent and traditional form of Christianity.
The church in Brazil is divided into various parts, with each having their own beliefs.
Many people are attracted to Protestantism, while others, like many others around the world, follow the more inclusive Orthodox Christian denomination.
However, the Catholic Church, which has long been the largest denomination in Brazil, has a history of persecution and discrimination, and it has seen its membership decline since the country regained independence in 1960.
The Catholic Church has been under attack in recent years, including for its opposition to the use of the Catholic name in official documents.
The government has also been struggling to maintain its hold on power since the impeachment of President Michel Temer in December 2016, and the political crisis that followed has seen the Catholic population shrink.
President Dilma Rousseff, who has called on her followers to reject the pope’s encyclical on the economy, and who is running for re-election in 2018, has blamed the decline of Catholicism on the country being hit by “economic calamities” that have left many poor.
The survey showed that nearly half of Brazilans who identified themselves as Catholic, Protestant, Muslim or other religions said they felt excluded or discriminated against in the past year.
The findings showed that in the last year, religious leaders had become increasingly frustrated with the government’s handling of religious affairs.
The survey of 5,000 people was conducted in June and July and found that 56% of Brazilian Catholics had experienced discrimination in the workplace, a figure that has risen in recent months.
The poll also found that 54% of Brazilian Catholics were dissatisfied with the state of their country’s economy, compared with 47% in 2014.