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

ReligionNov 1, 2013

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.

ReligionOct 24, 2013

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.

ReligionOct 10, 2013

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.

ReligionOct 8, 2013

Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood

Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.

ReligionSep 19, 2013

Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.

ReligionSep 12, 2013

U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Favorable Ratings

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis is rated favorably by 79% of U.S. Catholics. Just 4% say they have an unfavorable view of the pope, while 17% express no opinion or say they have not heard enough about Francis to have an opinion.

ReligionSep 6, 2013

Catholic leaders urge immigration reform

Some Catholic leaders have thrown their support behind changes in immigration laws, a position that is in line with the views of many U.S. Catholics.

ReligionJul 30, 2013

Before pope’s comments, Latin American Catholics expressed acceptance of homosexuality

Pope Francis made headlines yesterday in response to a question about the supposed “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pope reportedly reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that while homosexual acts were sinful, orientation was not. But he added, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge […]

ReligionJul 24, 2013

Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day

Nearly four-in-ten American Mormons live in Utah, home to 1% of the U.S. population.

ReligionJul 11, 2013

American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal

As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.