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A Surge of Evangelicals in Spain, Fueled By Latin Americans

A man from Venezuela prays with other Latin-American parishioners during a Sunday Mass at the Pentecostal church of Salamanca, Spain, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. The steady growth of the Protestant population coincides with a steady drop in the number of churchgoing Catholics. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
A man from Venezuela prays with other Latin-American parishioners during a Sunday Mass at the Pentecostal church of Salamanca, Spain, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. The steady growth of the Protestant population coincides with a steady drop in the number of churchgoing Catholics. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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Salamanca, Spain (AP) -- When Kent Albright, a Baptist pastor from the United States, arrived as a missionary to Spain in 1996, he was unprepared for the insults and threats, or the fines from the police for handing out Protestant leaflets on the streets of Salamanca.

“Social animosity was big — they had never seen a Protestant in their life,” said Albright, recalling one woman who whispered, “Be thankful we don’t throw stones at you.”