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Synagogue in Mexico City, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe majority of the people in Mexico are Catholics.  There are also a lot of Christians such as Baptists, Mormons, and the Latter-day Saints.
 
Now where I live, in the area around Ajijic and Chapala, there is a lot of diversity of churches. There is even a Jewish temple. There is also a place where there is an Anglican church and Greek Orthodox church.
 
I would estimate that 80% of the people in Mexico are Catholic.  There are very few Jews, except in Mexico City and it is very rare to have a Muslim.
 
 
(Synagogue in Mexico City, Mexico, pictured.)
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It is difficult to pick one style to describe a typical Mexican church. In the cities, you will see grand cathedrals with Baroque and/or Neoclassical architecture. While in the small towns, you often see the small churches of a mission style and constructed of adobe or rock.

There are also churches of striking and very modern designs. And sometimes churches are very simple buildings or even converted homes and rooms. You may see some churches with dramatic paintings, lots of gold leaf decor or they may be very simple and plain.


 

The churches are primarily Catholic although you see almost every religion commonly found throughout the world. This includes temples of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Shinto, Tao, Sikh, Zoroastrian, and Mormon religions as well Muslim mosques. The Baha’i Faith, agnostics, and atheists can also be found.

There are also nearly 60 indigenous populations in Mexico and some still practice their ancient religions. Mayan, Aztec (Nahua), and Wixarrika (Huichol) are the most common.


 

The dominant religion in Mexico is Catholic Christianity with about 83 % of the population. The culture and history of Mexico have been centered around this church and religious values. Although this has been changing greatly in recent years, religion is more of a factor in the everyday lives in Mexico than it is in the US and Canada.

There is a strict separation of church and state but Mexico allows religious freedom and other churches have been establishing larger congregations in the country.


 

And though they may not attend churches, it seems that Catholic beliefs influence the daily lives of most Mexicans. It is interesting to see your taxi driver make the sign of the cross as he takes you to your destination and passes churches along the way. You can also see many small shrines and I enjoy hearing church bells throughout the day.


 

The Catholic church is different in Mexico from Catholic churches in other countries because it is often combined with native religious rites. The early priests and bishops tolerated the inclusion of local ceremonies, etc. to make the transition to Christianity more acceptable. There are many cases where the original deities have fused with Christian Saints. In one example, the Virgin Mary appeared miraculously to a Juan Diego, a Christian Aztec, just north of Mexico City. She is also associated with Tonantzin, an Aztec goddess.


 

In the larger communities, you will see missionaries from the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons along with mission churches from many protestant denominations.

You may even see Mennonites in their traditional clothing. And throughout the year you will see many religious parades and ceremonies.

Overall my observation is that religion is alive and well in Mexico. I enjoy driving through cities and seeing the multitude of varied churches appearing almost everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ermita del Rosario church, built in 1523, is the oldest mainland church in the New World

Church of San Martin de Porres of Tijuana

A Church for the bullfighters at Plaza Monumental in Tijuana

Religious procession

Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Tijuana

EL Buen Samaritano

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Christmas celebration in the plaza, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe religion of Mexico is officially Catholic.   Probably 75% of the people in Mexico are Catholic but every other church is here. There are Baptists, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Anglican, Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. They are all here in Mexico.
 
Walking into a church here in Mexico is no different than walking into a church in Canada, where I come from. Any church that you belong to in Canada could be found here and they would be mostly similar.
 
We attend a Presbyterian Church here in the Ajijic – Chapala area, with an English congregation and a Spanish congregation, which meet at different times. We have fellowship time in between and we have coffee and cookies. We have lots of church activities, so whatever you are interested in doing as part of a church, there are opportunities here to do it.
 
There are tremendous amounts of people who do tremendous amounts of good works for the poor children, for the seniors, and for all kinds of other worthy causes that don’t belong to any church but they want to help in some way. There are a lot of other groups and activities that you can get involved with here at the lakeside. However, I haven’t looked into other areas of Mexico relative to this question.
 
(Christmas celebration in the plaza, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
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Presbyterian church for a Mayan villagw with a palm roof, Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico is a Catholic country but they do also have Protestants, Evangelists, and other factions of Christianity.
 
The rate that people go to church in Mexico varies a lot by age group and location. I don’t observe people being extremely active in going to church in coastal areas. I would say that people identify with religion but I don’t know if they’re actively practicing or participating on a weekly basis.
 
What a typical church would look like depends on the area. I’ve been to some more colonial style churches and some of them can be quite ornate, and then you can also have other that are very, very basic construction— just basically a square box with a roof. It just depends on the community and the age of the church and how much access to capital they have because a lot of times the community members are the one supporting the construction of local churches.  You can see churches from basic construction, maybe even palapa style, open air, to churches in the city, which are older, more intricate, and ornate.
 
(Building a Presbyterian church with a thatched roof for a Mayan village , Yucatan, Mexico, pictured.)

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