Middle East’s Christian population in flux as Pope Francis visits Holy Land
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Jordan, the West Bank and Israel this weekend, a region where the Christian population is in flux and where Francis has expressed concern about their well-being.
Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world
More than half (57%) of Latinos in the U.S. said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives.
Hispanic Millennials are less religious than older U.S. Hispanics
A new survey on religious trends among U.S. Hispanics finds that Hispanic Millennials mirror young American adults overall in their lower rates of religious affiliation and commitment compared with their older counterparts.
Fewer Hispanics are Catholic, so how can more Catholics be Hispanic?
This paradox is possible because of the growing size of the Hispanic population.
Supreme Court affirms town council’s right to prayer
The Supreme Court brought some clarity to the role of prayer in civic life today by reaffirming that prayer before legislative bodies is not only constitutional, but that it can contain Christian and other faith-specific language. At the same time, today’s 5-4 ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway largely upheld existing case law rather than significantly breaking new ground.
How religious harassment varies by region across the globe
Here’s a region-by-region look at where religious harassment takes place, and to which groups.
5 facts about prayer
Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. and we present five facts about the prayer habits of Americans and the history of the day.
Botched execution in Oklahoma renews death-penalty debate
Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett has renewed debate about how, and whether, the U.S. should impose the death penalty.
Cameron’s ‘Christian country’: What the numbers say about religion in the United Kingdom
The Church of England is the official state church of England, but looking at the religious affiliation of the population, a more complex picture emerges.
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.