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    According to the study by the Council for Christians and Jews (CCJ), New Zealand is the country where people are the most free to practice their faith, compared to the other 52 nations in the Commonwealth, reports Premier.

    The CCJ analyzed figures from the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project and found out that Lesotho and Botswana followed the island nation in the religious freedom ranking. Meanwhile, Malaysia, India and Nigeria trailed behind the list.

    Forty-three countries in the Commonwealth have Christianity as the largest religious community; eight of them identify Christianity as the country’s official religion.

    The Pew research considered different factors affecting religious freedom in the Commonwealth countries. From the ability to evangelize in public to religious persecution against organizations and individuals, these were situations researcher