Religion Apr. 3, 2008

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.

Global Apr. 1, 2008

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.

Religion Mar. 27, 2008

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.

Religion Apr. 19, 2007

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.

Religion Oct. 11, 2006

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.