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.

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Religion Mar. 8, 2013

Graphic: Geography of the Conclave

Just as the world’s Catholic population is spread across the globe, the cardinal electors gather from all regions to elect the next pope.

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. 25, 2013

U.S. Catholics: Key Data from Pew Research

How do U.S. Catholics view the church, and what do they want from the next pope? Here are some of the Pew Research Center’s key findings about the U.S. Catholic population on these and other questions.

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.

Pew Research Center Feb. 12, 2013

Pope Benedict Over the Years: News Coverage by the Numbers

Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of some 1 billion Catholics worldwide, announced on February 11 that he will retire from his post by the end of the month, citing weakness and age. It will make him the first pope to resign in 600 years. Perhaps the most visible religious figure in the world, Pope […]

Religion Feb. 11, 2013

Pew Research Resources on Pope Benedict XVI

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has a variety of resources on Catholicism and Pope Benedict XVI, including public opinion polls, research studies, event transcripts and interviews.

Religion Oct. 11, 2012

The Catholic “Swing” Vote

Catholics are often identified as a major “swing” voting group in American politics. A new analysis shows that the only group of Catholics that has been divided in recent elections is white Catholics who identify as political moderates