See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on the world’s largest religious group.

ReligionOctober 10, 2018

7 facts about American Catholics

American Catholics are racially and ethnically diverse and fairly evenly dispersed throughout the country. Many want to see the church make significant changes.

ReligionOctober 3, 2018

After recent revelations, U.S. Catholics give Francis low marks on handling of sex abuse scandal

Just three-in-ten American Catholics now say the pontiff is doing a good or excellent job of addressing the sex abuse scandal.

ReligionOctober 2, 2018

Confidence in Pope Francis Down Sharply in U.S.

Just three-in-ten Catholic adults say Francis is doing an excellent or good job addressing the sex abuse scandal, down 14 points from this January and 24 points since 2015.

ReligionSeptember 21, 2018

Pope Francis to visit the three Baltic countries – only one of which is majority Catholic

Pope Francis begins a four-day trip this weekend to the Baltic states, the first papal visit to these countries in 25 years. While the Baltic countries have a substantial Christian population, only Lithuania and Latvia have large numbers of Catholics.

ReligionAugust 22, 2018

The world’s most committed Christians live in Africa, Latin America – and the U.S.

Christians in Africa and Latin America tend to pray more frequently, attend religious services more regularly and consider religion more important in their lives than Christians elsewhere in the world, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. At the same time, Christians in the United States also have comparatively high levels of commitment to their faith.

Pew Research CenterJuly 2, 2018

5 facts about Episcopalians

The history of the Episcopal Church is closely tied to the history of the United States. On the eve of the Episcopal Church’s 2018 General Convention, here are five facts about Episcopalians.

ReligionJune 13, 2018

The Age Gap in Religion Around the World

Young adults tend to be less religious than their elders by several measures; the opposite is rarely true. This pattern holds true across many countries that have different religious, economic and social profiles.

Pew Research CenterJune 1, 2018

Q&A: Measuring attitudes toward Muslims and Jews in Western Europe

Neha Sahgal, a lead author of our survey of Christians in Western Europe, discusses how the survey team constructed its questions and analyzed results.

ReligionMay 31, 2018

Under Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals has become less European

Pope Francis’ additions to the College of Cardinals since his election in 2013 have tilted the leadership structure of the Roman Catholic Church away from its historic European base and toward the “global south” – that is, developing nations mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.

ReligionMay 29, 2018

Being Christian in Western Europe

The majority of Europe’s Christians are non-practicing, but they differ from religiously unaffiliated people in their views on God, attitudes toward Muslims and immigrants, and opinions about religion’s role in society.