Fact Tank May. 19, 2014

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.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

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.

Fact Tank May. 8, 2014

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.

Fact Tank May. 7, 2014

Fewer Hispanics are Catholic, so how can more Catholics be Hispanic?

This paradox is possible because of the growing size of the Hispanic population.

Fact Tank May. 5, 2014

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.

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

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.

Fact Tank May. 1, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 30, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 24, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 24, 2014

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.