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 […]
Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day
Nearly four-in-ten American Mormons live in Utah, home to 1% of the U.S. population.
Brazil’s Changing Religious Landscape
As Pope Francis prepares to celebrate World Youth Day in Brazil, an analysis of census data finds that the share of Brazilians who are Catholic has been dropping. The percentage of Brazilians who belong to Protestant churches, other religions or no religion has been growing.
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.
Most Muslims say they fast during Ramadan
A survey of more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries and territories found that a median of 93% say they fast during Ramadan.
The Growth of the Nonreligious
About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society. And two-thirds of Americans – affiliated and unaffiliated alike – say religion is losing its influence in Americans’ lives.
Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape
A new Pew Research Center analysis of Canadian census and survey data finds that more Canadians belong to minority faiths than ever before. In addition, the number of Canadians with no religious affiliation has been rising, and attendance at religious services has been dropping.
Many American Catholics at odds with Vatican on homosexuality
Four-in-ten Catholics say there is “a lot” of conflict between their personal religious beliefs and homosexuality.
Iranians’ Views Mixed on Political Role for Religious Figures
As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.
World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, making Islam the second-largest religion.