August 31, 2017

Five Centuries After Reformation, Catholic-Protestant Divide in Western Europe Has Faded

Acknowledgments

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Neha Sahgal, Associate Director of Research                                 

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Ariana Monique Salazar, Research Analyst
Jonathan Evans, Research Analyst
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