About 75 percent of Puerto Rico’s population is Roman Catholic, although a much smaller number regularly attends religious services. After the United States acquired Puerto Rico in 1898, Protestantism grew in influence and popularity, with all major sects represented. In recent decades, Pentecostal fundamentalism has gained followers. As is typical throughout Latin America, a number of Puerto Ricans practiced religions that blend Catholicism with other traditions. Some islanders ascribe to spiritualism, a belief that spirits of the dead inhabit the island, and others practice Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean belief system brought to Puerto Rico from Cuba. There is also a small Jewish community.
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