See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
Same-sex marriage makes some legal gains in Latin America
While laws allowing same-sex marriage have become more common in European countries and in U.S. states, gay marriage advocates also have gained ground in some parts of Latin America. Most recently, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling making it much easier for gay and lesbian couples to wed.
Interfaith marriage is common in U.S., particularly among the recently wed
Having a spouse of the same religion may be less important to many Americans today than it was decades ago.
A closer look at America’s rapidly growing religious ‘nones’
The growth of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S. is occurring across genders, generations and racial and ethnic groups.
5 key findings about the changing U.S. religious landscape
Christians are declining, both as a share of the U.S. population and in total number, while religious “nones” continue to rise.
On religion, Mexicans are more Catholic and often more traditional than Mexican Americans
Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).
Different destinations for U.S. Hispanics, Latin Americans who leave Catholic Church
The share of U.S. Hispanics and Latin Americans who are Catholic is declining, but the two groups are making different religious choices after leaving the church.
Why has Pentecostalism grown so dramatically in Latin America?
Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity.
Religion and Morality in Latin America
Even though Catholic Church teaching forbids behaviors like suicide and homosexuality, Protestants across Latin America are more likely than Catholics to see many issues as morally unacceptable.
Religion in Latin America
Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.
Americans of all ages divided over doctor-assisted suicide laws
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life. Most Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but the public is split on laws about doctor-assisted suicide.