Although Venezuela's constitution guarantees religious freedom, the country's chief religion is Roman Catholicism. Around 90 percent of the Venezuelan population is at least nominally Roman Catholic. Officially, the Roman Catholic Church is apolitical, but many of its members wield political influence and are involved in national political reform efforts.
Protestants form the next largest religious group, with various sects making up about 8 percent of the country's religious population. The remaining portion of the population practices various other religions, including Islam and Judaism. There is a small Jewish community in Caracas, the country's capital. Some Indians practice traditional religions, but many have also converted to Catholicism, particularly those who live near Catholic missions. Much like the rest of the Western world, many Venezuelans are giving up religion for a more secular life.