Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2014

64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags

Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%).

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Different destinations for U.S. Hispanics, Latin Americans who leave Catholic Church

The share of U.S. Hispanics and Latin Americans who are Catholic is declining, but the two groups are making different religious choices after leaving the church.

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2014

Why has Pentecostalism grown so dramatically in Latin America?

Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity.

Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2014

7 key takeaways about religion in Latin America

A new Pew Research Center survey of 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico asked people about their religious affiliation, beliefs and practices.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2014

The number of U.S. Catholics has grown, so why are there fewer parishes?

A recent decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to effectively close dozens of churches in the coming months falls in line with a larger nationwide trend of Catholic parish closures.

Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

5 facts about evolution and religion

Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds?

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated by more than just Hindus

This week marks Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights. In the U.S., seven-in-ten Indian Americans say they celebrate the holiday.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Americans of all ages divided over doctor-assisted suicide laws

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life. Most Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but the public is split on laws about doctor-assisted suicide.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2014

Young U.S. Catholics overwhelmingly accepting of homosexuality

The Roman Catholic Church signaled a more accepting stance toward gay people in a report bishops released during the Vatican’s synod on the family this week, a position already embraced by a majority of American Catholics, particularly younger adults.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Gay marriage arrives in the South, where the public is less enthused

Nationwide, 52% of Americans support gay marriage. In the South, 44% of people support gay marriage – well below the East (61%), West (58%) and Midwest (52%).