Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican

The total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% drop over those 50 years.

Fact Tank Jul. 17, 2014

How many people of different faiths do you know?

A Pew Research Center survey shows how many people in religious groups know other people of different religions.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2014

U.S. evangelical Christians are chilly toward atheists – and the feeling is mutual

U.S. Christians, as a whole, express negative feelings toward atheists, and the chilliness is reciprocated, according to a Pew Research survey on how Americans rate eight religious groups.

Religion Jul. 16, 2014

How Religious Groups View One Another

When asked to rate religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans rate Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians warmly and atheists and Muslims more coldly.

Fact Tank May. 23, 2014

A half century of well-traveled popes

Led by the prolific travels of Pope John Paul II, pontiffs have reached 135 different countries and territories at least once since 1964.

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 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.

Fact Tank Apr. 16, 2014

Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception

Five sub-Saharan African nations – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal – rank among the nine countries with the most moral opposition to contraception

Fact Tank Mar. 27, 2014

U.S. Catholics mirror general public on views of inequality

Both Pope Francis and President Obama have highlighted the issue of income inequality. U.S. Catholics support government action on the issue, but not necessarily more than the general public.