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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.
Most Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth
Most U.S. adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin, including one-third of Americans with no specific religious affiliation.
No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics
The pope’s popularity hasn’t yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.
Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues
The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say it’s important for Pope Francis to tackle Vatican reform
Most Catholics say reforming the Vatican is an important priority for Pope Francis.
A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings
A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.