Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2015

In Africa, Pope Francis will find religious vibrancy and violence

The three countries on the pope’s itinerary — Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic — all have sizable Catholic populations. But they also have seen violent clashes in recent years.

Fact Tank Nov. 16, 2015

Church involvement varies widely among U.S. Christians

Some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members.

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2015

Americans’ faith in God may be eroding

The vast majority of Americans still believe in God, but there are strong signs that many are less certain about this belief than in years past.

Religion Nov. 3, 2015

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious

There has been a modest drop in overall rates of belief in God and participation in religious practices. But religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as before.

Fact Tank Oct. 26, 2015

Most U.S. Catholics hope for change in church rule on divorce, Communion

62% of U.S. Catholics think the church should allow Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion.

Religion Oct. 7, 2015

Positive Impact of Pope Francis on Views of the Church

Pope Francis has generated goodwill toward the Catholic Church among many Americans across the political spectrum. Democrats and liberals are especially likely to say they now have a more positive view of the church.

Sep. 25, 2015

Catholics, especially Hispanics, echo pope’s call to embrace immigrants

Nearly nine-in-ten Hispanic Catholics (88%) say that undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements should be able to stay in the U.S.

Fact Tank Sep. 25, 2015

What’s a sin? Catholics don’t always agree with their church

Almost nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics believe that some actions are offensive to God, but many American Catholics don’t agree with church teachings on what constitutes sinful behavior.

Fact Tank Sep. 24, 2015

5 facts about Communion and American Catholics

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on an enormous scale Sunday, with 2 million people expected to gather on a mile-long parkway in downtown Philadelphia. We gathered key facts about Communion and U.S. Catholics for the occasion.

Fact Tank Sep. 22, 2015

Many U.S. Catholics will understand Pope Francis’ Spanish-language Mass

A majority of all Hispanic adults identify as Catholic and a large majority of Hispanic Catholics speak Spanish fluently. Eight-in-ten Hispanic Catholics use mostly Spanish or are bilingual. In fact, they are more likely to be Spanish speakers than non-Catholic Hispanics (68%).