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

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.

ReligionMay 19, 2014

Middle East’s Christian population in flux as Pope Francis visits Holy Land

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Jordan, the West Bank and Israel this weekend, a region where the Christian population is in flux and where Francis has expressed concern about their well-being.

ReligionMay 15, 2014

Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world

More than half (57%) of Latinos in the U.S. said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives.

ReligionMay 5, 2014

Supreme Court affirms town council’s right to prayer

The Supreme Court brought some clarity to the role of prayer in civic life today by reaffirming that prayer before legislative bodies is not only constitutional, but that it can contain Christian and other faith-specific language. At the same time, today’s 5-4 ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway largely upheld existing case law rather than significantly breaking new ground.

ReligionApril 24, 2014

Cameron’s ‘Christian country’: What the numbers say about religion in the United Kingdom

The Church of England is the official state church of England, but looking at the religious affiliation of the population, a more complex picture emerges.

ReligionApril 24, 2014

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.

Fact TankApril 16, 2014

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