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A new study by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that in the U.S. 34 percent of all Catholics are Latino or Hispanic. Some 29.7 million residents who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S.
The study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research, indicated that the majority of Catholics are non-Hispanic whites (58%) followed by Hispanics. Native and Asian Americans make up the smallest sector in the Catholic Church, at 1 percent each.
The study indicated that an overwhelming majority (68%) of Latino Catholics were not born in the U.S. The Catholic Church in order to reach its diverse audience has many of its parishes celebrate at least one Mass a month in a language other than English. This is equivalent to more than 5,000 parishes.
Most of the Masses celebrated in a language other than English are in Spanish (81 percent).
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