An Abundance of Religions

Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been dubbed the “Paris of the Southern Hemisphere” and the “New York City of South America.” This is because the city has such diversity in cultures and religions. Although Roman Catholicism still holds the title of Argentina’s largest religion, many other religions are growing rapidly. Here are a few statistics on religion in Buenos Aires and all of Argentina:

  • Catholicism: While 80-90% of the population have been baptized into the Catholic church, only about 20% actually practice the religion.
  • Judaism: Argentina has the largest Jewish community in South America of about 241,000 people, making it the 7th largest Jewish community globally. The city of Buenos Aires, where most Jews reside, has the only Kosher McDonalds outside Israel. The number of Jewish inhabitants in Buenos Aires is equal to the combined Jewish populations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay.
  • Islam: Buenos Aires has the largest mosque in Latin America. Two percent of Argentina’s population is considered Muslim.
  • Hinduism: Although there are only about 3,000 people from India living in Argentina, Hinduism is growing amongst Guyana and Suriname’s immigrants. Outside of Buenos Aires is an important Hindu religious center called Hastinapur, the City of Wisdom.
  • Buddhism: Because of the over 120,000 Chinese in Buenos Aires, Buddhism has found its way into Argentina. There are now an estimated 25,000 Buddhist converts.
  • Mormonism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints claims almost half a million members in Argentina, which is 1% of the population. One of the two temples in Argentina is in Buenos Aires. Two more temples are currently being built, with plans for two more underway.
  • Jehovah’s Witness: Argentina has the 5th largest population of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the world, behind the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. This church claims to have 156,765 members in Argentina, which is 1 out of every 292 Argentines.
  • Seventh-Day Adventist: While only 0.2% of the population claims to be part of this church, there are 160 churches throughout the country, and the number keeps growing.

As you can see, Argentina has an abundance of religions. However, religion will never get these people to heaven. The people of Argentina need to know about Jesus Christ and the personal relationship they can have with Him if they put their faith and trust in what He did for them on the cross of Calvary.

Author: Robert Becker

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Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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