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Church Membership

NEW YORK (AP) _ A yearbook published by the National Council of Churches says U.S. membership in the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention declined slightly in 2007.

The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches says the Catholic church remained the nation's largest body of believers, with 67 million members. But from 2006 to 2007 it lost almost 400,000 members. Southern Baptists, the second largest U.S. church, reported 16.2 million members, a loss of nearly 40,000 from the year before. Also reporting declines were the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Churches reporting growth include the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Assemblies of God and the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee.

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