Protestant and Evangelical churches in Latin America, many of which used to consider political participation as sinful, have been urged to participate more actively in the political life of their countries.

A gathering in Buenos Aires of 25 politicians, theologians and social scientists from 10 Latin American countries has issued an open letter to the continent's Protestant and Evangelical churches calling on Protestants to tackle "the challenge of building a just nation that includes the full participation of all its inhabitants."The meeting comes on the heels of a report just issued that says by the year 2045, half of Brazil's total population could be Evangelical Christians.

According to figures published by the Brazilian Geographical and Statistics Institute, the Evangelical community is growing at twice the rate of the general population. The IBGE statistics suggest that at present there are almost 20 million Evangelicals in a total population of more than 160 million.