The main religion of Brazil for the past 500 years has mainly been Christianity. From the 2000 census 70% of the population of Brazil claims to be Christian. This makes Brazil the country with the most people who believe in Catholicism.
In the past decade, more communities of Protestant people have been forming throughout Brazil. Today, about 16% of Brazil's population claims to be Protestant compared to 1990 where it was only about 9% of people.
In the Brazilian government religion is separate, but still very influenced by the Catholic Church. A priest attends every inauguration of public buildings and church based welfare systems and school systems receive aid from the federal government.