Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

One third are reported as being Christian

In the 21st Century today, an overwhelming majority of the people living today have some form of religious belief. Eighty-four percent of those surveyed say they have form of religious faith. A third of those identified with Christianity.

Armenia became the first Christian Nation,  but celebrate Christmas on the day and the Baptism of Christ on the 6th of January.

Armenia became the first Christian Nation, but celebrate Christmas on the day and the Baptism of Christ on the 6th of January.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: religious faith, Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Judaism, Armenia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group." These are the findings of the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, which was a comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories.

"There are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84 percent of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion," the analysis states.

An analysis of more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers came up with this "Global Religious Landscape:"

- 2.2 billion Christians, (32 percent of the world's population).

- 1.6 billion Muslims, (23 percent).

- 1 billion Hindus, (15 percent).

- 500 million Buddhists. (Seven percent).

- 400 million people (6 percent) practicing various folk or traditional religions, including African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, American Indian religions and Australian aboriginal religions.

There are 14 million Jews, and an estimated 58 million people, which is less than one percent of the global population - belong to other religions. These include the Baha'i faith, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Tenrikyo, Wicca and Zoroastrianism, "to mention just a few," the study says.

About half of all Christians in the world are Catholic, 37 percent are part of the Protestant tradition, and 12 percent are Orthodox Greek or Russian.

The largest population of Christians, of 243 million is found, incidentally, in the United States, followed by Brazil, Mexico, Russia, the Philippines, Nigeria and China.

An interesting thing to remember during this holiday season is the fact that Armenia, the first Christian nation to celebrate Christmas, observes the day in early January.

Armenians celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January, due to the fact that there was an ancient pagan feast day which was a problem, because since most were Christians at that time, paganism, which was the worship of Sun, Moon, Fire, idols etc., was fading out except for this one festival dedicated to light which was called the Festival of Lights.

People could not forget about this festival, so they moved the birth of Christ to December 25th so that the people would start to forget about that pagan feast day. And so it was. however back in Armenia, this problem did not exist since Armenians had done away with paganism back in the year 301A.D. when Armenia became the first Christian Nation.

So, Armenians celebrate Christmas, Theophany (the Revelation of God) - since when He was baptized in the River Jordan, the heavens opened up and God's voice said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matt. 3:17), and the Baptism of Christ on the 6th of January.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Francis lauds Ecuador's centuries-old Catholic tradition Watch

Image of Having reflected on the nation's Catholic heritage, the Pope noted the Christian significance of Ecuador being home to the peak

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

Landing in Ecuador on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis began his tri-nation visit to Latin America by stressing the Gospel's role in fostering respect, dialogue, and care for the vulnerable, while praising the nation's centuries-old Catholic heritage. Quito, ... continue reading


Remembering another great encyclical!

Image of

By Tony Magliano

While Pope Francis' new encyclical Laudato, Si' is enjoying wide publicity, few people are aware this year marks the 20th anniversary of another powerfully prophetic social justice and peace encyclical: Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life"). Trying to awaken the ... continue reading


TIME FOR REVOLUTION: Pope's encyclical rumbles relationship between evangelical Christians, conservative Catholics Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While Pope Francis has condemned - and will continue to condemn abortion and define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, he has encouraged church leaders to speak more about mercy and compassion. Even more divisive is his recent encyclical, which calls ... continue reading


Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma capitol ordered removed but one man will not let that happen Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Oklahoma's Supreme Court recently overturned a previous ruling and issued another stating that the display of the Ten Commandments on capitol grounds violated the state's constitution. They ordered its removal from the grounds because of the religious leanings of the ... continue reading


Italy's 'incorruptible' preserved saints remain displayed in churches to be honored Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Several incorruptible bodies of saints remain to displayed to be honored around several churches in Italy. These haunting images bring a different kind of eerie to the tourist and locals who are visiting these churches. Some of these saints are in a fragmented state, ... continue reading


Amazing beautiful ancient mosaic church floor found under courtyard of current church Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient decorated mosaic floor of an ancient church, underneath its modern incarnation, during an excavation. The Christian mosaic is believed to be about 1,700-years-old and part of the old Byzantine church of the fourth century. ... continue reading


Former 'Accountant of Auschwitz' asks God for forgiveness during trial facing 300,000 counts of accessory to murder Watch

Image of Oscar Groening,

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former Auschwitz guard, Oscar Groening has asked for God's forgiveness after serving Austchwitz during his testimony in court, last Wednesday. The 94-year-old worked for Austchwitz when he was just 13 and later became the "Accountant of Auschwitz." MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


U.S. archbishops express excitement over pending papal visit Watch

Image of After visiting Cuba, the Pope will visit three major cities on the U.S. east coast - Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia - and the respective bishops of those cities were indeed jubilant.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

Looking forward to Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., the nation's bishops were exuberant on Tuesday, as the itinerary for the apostolic voyage was released. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - Fewer than three months before the scheduled visit, Archbishop ... continue reading


Pope Francis to meet with president, prisoners and homeless during U.S. visit Watch

Image of Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden and preside over a vespers service at the newly spruced-up St. Patrick's Cathedral.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis' visit to both the United States and Cuba will be hectic. In addition to meeting with political officials in both countries, the Pontiff will meet with prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia and the homeless at the ... continue reading


Learning from Elijah: Shipwreck, Struggle and the Broom Tree

Image of Elijah under the broom tree

By Deacon Keith Fournier

There are lessons that can only be learned under the broom tree. The lesson St Paul gave to the early Christians in Greece about the reality of being shipwrecked and experiencing daily struggles in life is critical in our age. God is searching for men and ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 32:23-33
23 That same night he got up and, taking his two ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8, 15
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:32-38
32 They had only just left when suddenly a man was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 7th, 2015 Image

Bl. Ralph Milner
July 7: English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter