Italy

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Why Italy Needs the Gospel

  • Less than 1% of Italy’s 60 million people are Evangelical.
  • The vast majority of towns and cities remain without a single Evangelical church, most often without even a single known believer.

Roman Catholicism was the state religion in Italy until 1984. Now, studies show that only between 3-15% of Italians faithfully practice Catholicism, and although around 82% of Italians still identify as Christian, this is a largely nominal affiliation. Italy was mostly untouched by the Reformation, and there is a history of persecution and division within Protestant denominations. With an ongoing rise in both secular materialism and occultism, Bible-believing Evangelical churches are sorely needed.

Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).