How Americans Celebrate Christmas and the Holidays
Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.
Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues
In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.
Quebec considers new restrictions on wearing religious symbols, clothing
Much of the public debate over the so-called “Charter of Values” has focused on the measure’s potential impact on immigrants and their religious beliefs and practices.
Many Sunnis and Shias Worry About Religious Conflict
There are high levels of concern about sectarian tensions in several countries where Sunnis and Shias live side by side. These concerns are particularly pronounced in Lebanon, where two-thirds of all Muslims say sectarian tensions are a big problem.
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.
Eight facts about Orthodox Jews from the Pew Research survey
The Pew Research Center survey on U.S. Jews included more than 500 Orthodox Jewish respondents. Here are eight facts about the Orthodox.
Conservatives continue to oppose same-sex marriage but by smaller margins
Support for same-sex marriage has been growing in recent years, with half (50%) of Americans now in favor and 43% opposed.
A Portrait of Jewish Americans
American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.
Nairobi Westgate mall terrorist attack is part of Kenya’s sharp rise in religious hostilities
The number of people killed in religion-related terrorist attacks in Kenya has dramatically increased in recent years.
Headscarf incident in Sudan highlights a global trend
Sudan is one of an increasing number of countries whose governments regulate the wearing of religious symbols or attire, such as head coverings for women or facial hair for men.