Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European
Only three of the 13 voting members of the newest cardinal-designates (those younger than 80) are from Europe.
How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis
The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups.
One-in-Five U.S. Adults Were Raised in Interfaith Homes
Roughly one-in-five U.S. adults were raised with a mixed religious background, according to a new Pew Research Center study.
Support steady for same-sex marriage and acceptance of homosexuality
Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unprecedented ruling that determined same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, a decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. While the public’s attitudes toward gay marriage remain unchanged from a year ago, they have changed dramatically over the past two decades. Now, just […]
Most U.S. Catholics rely heavily on their own conscience for moral guidance
Despite Pope Francis’ overwhelming popularity, few U.S. Catholics say they turn to the pope “a great deal” for guidance on difficult moral questions.
Pope’s proclamation, like views of U.S. Catholics, indicates openness to nontraditional families
Six-in-ten Catholics say the church should allow those who are divorced and have remarried without obtaining an annulment to receive Communion, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center Survey.
On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties
As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]
U.S. religious groups and their political leanings
Mormons are the most heavily Republican-leaning religious group in the U.S., while a pair of major historically black Protestant denominations are two of the most reliably Democratic groups.
A snapshot of Catholics in Mexico, Pope Francis’ next stop
Mexico is home to not only the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, but one of the biggest Catholic populations, too.
Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage
In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.