On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans
A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.
America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion
U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.
A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.
Pope to Visit ’Pentecostalized’ Brazil
When Benedict XVI arrives in Sao Paolo, he will encounter a country where, a Pew survey finds, the rapid growth of pentecostal sects along with increasing secularism are threatening Catholicism’s historic dominance.
The Vatican and Islam
Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit Turkey on Nov. 28-30, a trip that has already attracted exceptionally close attention because of the pope’s use of an inflammatory 14th-century quote about Islam during a September speech in Regensburg, Germany. Pew Forum Senior Editor Robert Ruby examines the issues and challenges in interviews with George Weigel, an expert on Catholicism, and John Esposito, a scholar of Islam.