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

ReligionSeptember 25, 2014

National Congregations Study finds more church acceptance of gays and lesbians

A new survey of American religious congregations finds that in recent years, more churches have become welcoming to openly gay and lesbian couples.

ReligionAugust 27, 2014

Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries

Half of the world’s population lives in just six countries. But in many cases, the world’s major religious groups are even more concentrated.

ReligionAugust 12, 2014

6 facts about South Korea’s growing Christian population

Pope Francis will travel to South Korea next week for Asian Youth Day, making his third international trip as pontiff. Here are six facts about Christianity in South Korea.

ReligionAugust 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.

ReligionJuly 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.

ReligionJuly 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.

ReligionJuly 16, 2014

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

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.

ReligionJune 19, 2014

‘March for Marriage’ rally reflects steadfast opposition to gay marriage among evangelical Christians

Opposition to same-sex marriage is now more concentrated among a few religious groups – particularly white evangelical Protestants.

ReligionJune 9, 2014

Southern Baptists confront a ‘third way’ on homosexuality and sin

Southern Baptists are trying to navigate the rapidly shifting landscape of same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

ReligionMay 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.