While doing research on Buenos Aires, Argentina, we have seen nicknames such as 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 religion. Although Roman Catholicism still holds the title as the country’s largest religion, many other religions are growing rapidly throughout the country. Here are a few statistics of religion in Buenos Aires and all of Argentina:
- Catholicism – While 80-90% of the population has been baptized into the Catholic church, only about 20% actually practice religion.
- Judaism – Argentina has the largest Jewish community in South America of about 241,000 people making it the 7th largest Jewish community in the world. The city of Buenos Aires, which is where the majority of the Jewish population resides, has the only Kosher McDonalds outside of 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 and 2% of Argentina’s population is considered Muslim.
- Hinduism – Although there are only about 3,000 people from India living in Argentina, Hinduism is growing from immigrants from Guyana and Suriname. Outside of Buenos Aires is an important Hindu religious center called Hastinapur, 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 are currently being built as well as two more being planned.
- 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 lots of religion. 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.
For His Glory
Robert, Emma, and Lucille Becker