More and more people are leaving the church in germany – last year, more than half a million people did so. Among the catholics, 272.771 people back the church, 26 percent more than in 2018. A spokeswoman confirmed that this was the highest number ever.
Among the protestants there were about 270.000 people left the church, about 22 percent more than in the previous year. The figure was a rounded-up projection and was allowed to end up just below the previous high mark, a spokesman explained.
There are now 22.6 million catholics and 20.7 million protestants in germany. The figures were announced on friday by the german bishops’ conference (DBK) in bonn and the protestant church in germany (EKD) in hanover.