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

GlobalFeb 11, 2016

Concern for Christians in the Middle East helps drive historic meeting between Catholic, Orthodox leaders

A historic event within global Christianity is set to take place Friday as Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba – the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches since the Orthodox tradition broke away from Catholicism nearly 1,000 years ago.

HispanicFeb 10, 2016

A snapshot of Catholics in Mexico, Pope Francis’ next stop

Mexico is home to not only the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, but one of the biggest Catholic populations, too.

ReligionDec 21, 2015

Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage

In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.

ReligionDec 21, 2015

5 facts about Christmas in America

Just in time for the holidays, here are five facts about Christmas in America and how people celebrate.

ReligionDec 18, 2015

Many Millennials see Christmas as more cultural than religious holiday

Millennials are less religious than older Americans and less likely to identify with a religious group, and those traits are reflected in the way they celebrate Christmas.

ReligionDec 18, 2015

Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful.

ReligionDec 2, 2015

Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely

Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.

ReligionNov 24, 2015

In Africa, Pope Francis will find religious vibrancy and violence

The three countries on the pope’s itinerary — Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic — all have sizable Catholic populations. But they also have seen violent clashes in recent years.

ReligionNov 16, 2015

Church involvement varies widely among U.S. Christians

Some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members.

ReligionNov 4, 2015

Americans’ faith in God may be eroding

The vast majority of Americans still believe in God, but there are strong signs that many are less certain about this belief than in years past.