The Christian population of England and Wales has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past decade, the 2011 census reveals.

It comes as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says English cathedral congregations have grown in recent years.

The number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose from 15% to 25% of the population.

The British Humanist Association said it was a "significant cultural shift."

A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said: "The overall decrease in the number of self-identifying Christians is consistent with recent social attitude and social value surveys.

"While this is a challenge, the fact that six out of 10 people in England and Wales self-identify as Christians is not discouraging. Christianity is no longer a religion of culture but a religion of decision and commitment. People are making a positive choice in self-identifying as Christians."

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2011 Census: Key Statistics for England and Wales, March 2011

Coverage: England and Wales

Date: 11 December 2012

Geographical Area: Local Authority and County

Theme: Population

Theme: People and Places

Theme: Labour Market

Key points

• The resident population of England and Wales on 27 March 2011 was 56.1 million, a seven per

cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001 with 55 per cent (2.1 million) of this increase being due to

migration. One in six people were aged 65 or over (16 per cent, 9.2 million).
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RDFRS UK/Ipsos MORI Poll #1: How religious are UK Christians?

(13 Feb 2012)

We are posting below the text of the first of two Press Releases that have been issued by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) today, revealing the results from a major national survey of the religious and social attitudes of UK Christians.

RDFRS UK commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out the research in the week immediately following the 2011 UK Census. It explored in depth the extent to which adults recorded as Christian in the 2011 UK Census (or who would have been recorded as Christian, if they had answered the question) believe, know about, practise and are influenced by Christianity, as well as their reasons for having described themselves as Christian in the Census.
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  RDFRS UK/Ipsos MORI Poll #2: UK Christians oppose special influence for religion in public policy

We are posting below the text of the second of two Press Releases that have been issued by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) today, revealing the results from a major national survey of the religious and social attitudes of UK Christians.

RDFRS UK commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out the research in the week immediately following the 2011 UK Census. It explored in depth the extent to which adults recorded as Christian in the 2011 UK Census (or who would have been recorded as Christian, if they had answered the question) believe, know about, practise and are influenced by Christianity, as well as their reasons for having described themselves as Christian in the Census.
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