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Pew: Nearly One-In-Four Hispanics Are Now Former Catholics

Crystal Chavez
TPR News
Statue at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Fronteras: Fewer Hispanics in the U.S. are identifying themselves as Catholic. At the same time more U.S. Catholics are Hispanic. How so? We unravel and explore these trends on this week's show. Also, there’s a common misperception about the fastest-growing minority group in Texas’ capital city. Most people would think that title belongs to Hispanics. While Hispanics are the largest minority group, they are not the fastest-growing there. We look at the diverse and growing Asian-Americans population in Austin.

Americans, Mexicans Helping Isolated Indigenous Group

Planting season has begun in the mountains of northern Mexico. American and Mexican citizens are helping one of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups; the Tarahumara of Chihuahua. They face the twin challenges of poverty and corruption: Illegal loggers and violent criminal organizations steal their arable land and plunder the mountains.

Fronteras' Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio filed this report last Spring and we decided to share it now as the planting begins again.

Austin's Asian-American Community is Diverse and Growing

There’s a common misperception about Austin’s fastest-growing minority group. Some may think that title belongs to Hispanics, but turns out that -- although Hispanics are the largest minority group -- they are not the fastest growing there. KUT’s Joy Diaz reports that although their numbers are still relatively small, Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing group in Austin.

Fewer Hispanics Identify as Catholic, While Percentage of all U.S. Catholics who are Hispanic is Increasing

Most Hispanics in the United States are Catholic, but there’s a shift happening. Nearly one-in-four Latino adults are now former Catholics. That’s according to a new study from The Pew Research Center. We hear from one of the co-authors of that study and an assistant pastor at a San Antonio Catholic church to take a closer look at this shift in the religious identity of U.S. Latinos.