Fact Tank Jan. 15, 2015

5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe

The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily. In recent decades, the Muslim share of the population throughout Europe grew about 1 percentage point a decade, from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2015

5 facts about Catholicism in the Philippines

Next weekend, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the home of Asia’s largest Catholic population, the Philippines. The pontiff, who also will be making a stop in Sri Lanka, is very popular in the Philippines and should expect an enthusiastic welcome during his five-day visit. The Philippines’ Catholic majority has its origins in […]

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Pope Francis is reshaping the geography of the College of Cardinals

In naming his second group of cardinals, Pope Francis has continued to shift the balance of Roman Catholic Church’s leadership away from the continent it has long called home.

Fact Tank Jan. 5, 2015

Religious affiliations of members of Congress mirror regional trends

A regional comparison of members of Congress with the general public shows that, when it comes to religious affiliation, voters frequently choose representatives who share their faith.

Fact Tank Dec. 15, 2014

Conflicts continue over nativity scenes on public property

Most Americans favor allowing religious displays like nativity scenes to be placed on government property.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Retailers still rely on holiday sales, but not quite as much as they used to

Sales at many retailers spike during the year-end holiday season, but holiday sales overall are a bit less significant than they were two decades ago.

Fact Tank Dec. 8, 2014

On religion, Mexicans are more Catholic and often more traditional than Mexican Americans

Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).

Fact Tank Dec. 8, 2014

Many U.S. congregations are still racially segregated, but things are changing

While the degree of racial segregation within religious congregations remains high, some houses of worship in the U.S. have become more diverse in recent years, according to a National Congregations study.

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.