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Religion Apr. 8, 2013

Map: State Legislation Restricting Use of Foreign or Religious Law

Between 2010 and 2012, lawmakers in at least 32 states introduced bills to ban state courts from considering foreign or religious laws in their decisions.

Religion Apr. 3, 2013

U.S. Catholics Express Favorable Views of Pope

Pope Francis is viewed much more favorably by U.S. Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate.

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Religion Mar. 26, 2013

Graphic: U.S. Christians’ Views on the Return of Christ

According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey, roughly half (48%) of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Christ will definitely (27%) or probably (20%) return to earth in the next 40 years.

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Religion Mar. 20, 2013

Graphic: Israel, the U.S. and the World’s Jewish Population

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Middle East from March 20-23, where he will spend much of the time in Israel, home to 41% of the world’s Jews.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

Latin America’s Catholics in the Spotlight

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will be formally installed as Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, becoming the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America.

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Religion Mar. 13, 2013

Graphic: Conclave Elects Pope

Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina and becomes the first Latin American pontiff.

Religion Mar. 13, 2013

“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low

The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.

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Religion Mar. 8, 2013

Graphic: Geography of the Conclave

Just as the world’s Catholic population is spread across the globe, the cardinal electors gather from all regions to elect the next pope.

Religion Mar. 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.