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 […]
Key findings about growing religious hostilities around the world
Highlights from the fifth annual Pew Research Center study of religious hostilities around the world.
5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues
From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.
Republicans’ views on evolution
Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution than did so four years ago, setting them apart from Democrats and independents. But behind this finding is a puzzle: If the views of the overall public have remained steady, and there has been little change among people of other political affiliations, how do you account for the Republican numbers? An explainer.
Six questions about the contraception mandate and the Supreme Court
2014 promises to be a crucial year in determining the fate of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which requires most employers who offer health insurance to their workers to provide free contraceptive services for female employees.
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.