See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on the world’s largest religious group.
Papal saints: Once a given, now extremely rare
During Catholicism’s first 500 years, 52 of the first 55 popes became saints. In the last 1,000 years, just seven popes have been made saints.
Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception
Five sub-Saharan African nations – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal – rank among the nine countries with the most moral opposition to contraception
U.S. Catholics mirror general public on views of inequality
Both Pope Francis and President Obama have highlighted the issue of income inequality. U.S. Catholics support government action on the issue, but not necessarily more than the general public.
U.S. Catholics more hopeful than expectant of changes to church teachings
Many Catholics would like to see changes on specific church doctrines but they are less certain that those changes will happen, even under Pope Francis.
Is the Mormon Church expanding the role of women?
Pew Research Center surveys show that Mormons are more supportive of traditional gender roles for women, and against allowing women to be priests, but the Church is taking some steps to expand women’s roles.
Catholics Say Pope Francis Is a Change for the Better
Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely seen as a force for positive change.
Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ First Year
One year into Francis’ papacy, an analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the former Jesuit archbishop ranked among the top global newsmakers in major U.S.-based digital news outlets.
How U.S. Catholics View Pope Francis: In Their Own Words
Fully 85% of adult Catholics in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of Pope Francis. We wanted to understand a little more about the popularity of the pope, so we asked respondents if they would be willing to elaborate on their answers to our survey questions.
Strong support for Israel in U.S. cuts across religious lines
The American Israel Public Affairs Council meets in Washington starting Sunday to lobby on issues affecting that country, and it can look to American Christians as a source of support for Israel.
Russians Return to Religion, But Not to Church
The share of Russians who identified as Orthodox Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2008, while the share not identifying with any religion dropped. But for most Russians, this return to religion did not correspond with a return to church.