The decision of the Catholic Church to choose a Latin American pope has a primary reason. This region is home to 42% of its more than one billion believers but is also the most threatened by the emergence of various evangelical cults.
The response of the faithful of the continent, as also from around the world has been enthusiastic about the new pontiff. To 97% of Catholics in Argentina his work is well seen, as well a majority of 91% of Brazilians.
However in America is situated, paradoxically, the country where the new Pope has aroused more mistrust. In Mexico 26% considers that his achievements are poor and mediocre, so far.
Another fact to note is that the continent is very divided about the acceptance of gay marriage.
Despite the views on abortion or gay marriage, regulated by national legislations, the study points to the desire for an internal renewal of the Church among the parishioners.