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.

Nov 1, 2013

Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues

The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.

Oct 30, 2013

18% of Americans say they’ve seen a ghost

An even greater share – 29% – say they have felt in touch with someone who has already died.

Oct 23, 2013

5 facts about atheists

Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.

Oct 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.

Oct 8, 2013

Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood

Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.

Oct 4, 2013

Most U.S. Jews believe two-state solution is possible, but many doubt leaders’ efforts are sincere

American Jews are skeptical that either Israeli or Palestinian leaders are making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement.