Jan 22, 2014

5 facts about abortion

January 22, 2014 is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s decision establishing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.

Jan 21, 2014

Pope Francis moves beyond Europe with first class of cardinals

Pope Francis named his first group of new cardinals,  often called “princes of the church,” last week. The 19 men will be formally appointed next month. Media reports have observed that Francis, the first pope from outside Europe in modern times, chose several cardinals from the developing world. Francis’ immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, selected […]

Jan 7, 2014

5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues

From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.

Dec 24, 2013

It’s not just kids who are excited about a visit from Santa

One-in-five adults who don’t have kids that believe in Santa still plan on a visit from Santa this year.

Dec 19, 2013

What do Americans like least about Christmas? Follow the money.

A third of Americans say commercialism is what they like least about the holidays.

Dec 12, 2013

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.

Dec 12, 2013

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?

When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.

Dec 11, 2013

Pope Francis’ big year

Pope Francis began this year as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine archbishop. He finishes it as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Dec 6, 2013

Most U.S. Catholics call addressing clergy sex abuse a top priority

After Pope Francis was elected in March, 70% of U.S. Catholics said that addressing the abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for him.

Nov 14, 2013

Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences

Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.