Most Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth
Most U.S. adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin, including one-third of Americans with no specific religious affiliation.
The world’s Christian population – take our quiz
How much do you know about the world’s Christian population? Which country has the largest Catholic population, and which has the largest number of Protestants? W have a short, ten-question quiz on the global Christian population to test your knowledge.
Christmas also celebrated by many non-Christians
About eight-in-ten non-Christians in the U.S. celebrate Christmas.
What do Americans like least about Christmas? Follow the money.
A third of Americans say commercialism is what they like least about the holidays.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Study: Muslim job candidates may face discrimination in Republican states
Job candidates who posted their Muslim identity on Facebook received fewer interview calls than those whose posts suggested they were Christian. The contrast was particularly notable in Republican-leaning states.
No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics
The pope’s popularity hasn’t yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.