Papal saints: Once a given, now extremely rare
During Catholicism’s first 500 years, 52 of the first 55 popes became saints. In the last 1,000 years, just seven popes have been made saints.
When Easter and Christmas near, more Americans search online for “church”
More Americans search for “church” around Easter than at any other time, with the Christmas season usually ranking second, according to Google Trends data.
Attending a Seder is common practice for American Jews
Percentage of U.S. Jews who say they participated in a Seder last year.
Gay marriage battle moves back to courts
A federal appeals court today will hear arguments in a constitutional challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban – the first of five court challenges to state bans taking place over the next two weeks. This flurry of court activity comes on the heels of a number of other decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in […]
U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity
From a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse.
Asia Foundation: Among Afghan public, mixed support for women’s rights
As national elections in Afghanistan approach. surveys show mixed feelings among the Afghan public about women’s role in society.
Catholics, other Christians support immigration reform, but say faith plays small role
Three-quarters of American adults say that immigrants living in the United States illegally should be able to stay. Catholics as a whole closely resemble the general public on this view, though Hispanic Catholics are much more supportive than non-Hispanic white Catholics. Majorities of other religious groups also support allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
Lower support for death penalty tracks with falling crime rates, more exonerations
Over the past half-century, public support for the death penalty has generally tracked increases and declines in rates of violent crime.
U.S. Catholics mirror general public on views of inequality
Both Pope Francis and President Obama have highlighted the issue of income inequality. U.S. Catholics support government action on the issue, but not necessarily more than the general public.
After Hobby Lobby, a nonprofit legal challenge to the contraception requirement
Even though the two cases heard by the Supreme Court involve for-profit businesses, the rulings in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga on the contraceptive requirement could impact subsequent cases involving nonprofits like Little Sisters of the Poor.