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Religious beliefs in Chile

The majority religion in Chile is Catholic. In 16th century, the Catholicism was brought in by the priests with the Spanish believers. Approximately 70% of Chileans are Catholic. Other denominations are Protestant or Evangelical (15.1%), Atheist or Agnostic (8.3%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1%), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (0.9%), Jewish (0.1%), and others(4.4%), Below 0.1% is either Muslim or Orthodox . 65% of the indigenous population considered themselves as Catholic, 29% Evangelical and others is 6%.

Catholicism was brought in by Spanish priests during the 16th century and by 1650 a number of communities in the central and northern region were converted to Christianity. Around 90% of evangelicals are Pentecostal. And the rest are Anglican, Baptist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Reformed Evangelical, Wesleyan and Methodist churches. Jewish communities in the country has about 30,000 members and settled in Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Valdivia, and Iquique.

The Constitution allows for freedom of faith and other policies which mostly lead to free practice of religion. The 1999 act on religion grants permits other religions the same right the Catholic Church has. The national holidays in the country which are observe by the government consist of All Saints' Day, Christmas, Feast of the Assumption, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Feast of the Virgin of Carmen and Good Friday.


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