The present article analyses representations, values and practices relating to religious identities among the populations of the Azores islands and Madeira, establishing certain comparisons with a similar study undertaken in mainland Portugal. We begin, taking an overall view of religious positions, with a scrutiny of socio-demographic variables such as gender, level of education and socio-professional situation together with a series of other indicators that constitute the believer’s profile: parental transmission, fulfilling of religious precepts, factors leading to distancing or approximation, daily interchanges, practices of prayer, participation in services, configuration of beliefs, attitudes and values. Roughly 90% of residents living on the islands consider themselves Catholics. It is precisely on this believing population that we subsequently focus, taking as a starting point a graduated typological classification according to practice: Catholics that are nominally so, occasional, irregular, regular, practising and militant.
- Religious values and practices