Once overlooked in heavily Catholic Mexico, evangelical Christians are now on the rise and today account for nearly 20 percent of the population, according to census data. Reasons for the conversions range from changing social and economic desires to the vitality and aggressive presence of the evangelical pastors themselves. The ascent is particularly noticeable in rural Mexican towns, where new, non-Catholic centers of worship pop up alongside traditional colonial churches.
To see the change, Reporter Monica Campbell, Videographer Deborah Bonello, and Photographer Myles Estey ventured to the Mexican town of Zongozotla, tucked in the highlands of the central state of Puebla. There, evangelical converts outnumber Catholics.
These images and video reflect the views of some of the people in the town.
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