Religion Apr. 25, 2013

Rhode Island May Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 26-12, passed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s smallest state. Because the Senate made some technical changes to the bill, the measure must now go back to the Rhode Island House.

Religion Apr. 23, 2013

Views of Religious Extremism

There are high levels of concern about religious extremism among Muslims in the homelands of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Most Muslims in the region reject violence against civilians.

Religion Apr. 3, 2013

U.S. Catholics Express Favorable Views of Pope

Pope Francis is viewed much more favorably by U.S. Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.

Religion Mar. 13, 2013

“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low

The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.

Religion Mar. 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.

Religion Mar. 5, 2013

Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady

Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.

Religion Feb. 21, 2013

U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope

Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.

Religion Feb. 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.

Religion Feb. 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Around the World

On Feb. 12, the French National Assembly is expected to pass a measure legalizing same-sex marriage. Although the bill still needs to win the approval of the French Senate and be signed by the president, it is expected to become law as soon as May 2013.