Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2015

5 facts for Pope Francis’ visit to South America

Pope Francis begins a highly anticipated seven-day South American trip on Sunday that includes stops in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. As millions of faithful Catholics prepare to welcome Pope Francis next week, here are key facts about his trip.

Fact Tank Jun. 16, 2015

Ideological divide over global warming as wide as ever

Pope Francis will publish an encyclical addressing environmental issues and climate change this Thursday, a subject that continues to deeply divide Americans, including Catholics, along partisan and ideological lines.

Religion Jun. 16, 2015

Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

A solid majority of U.S. Catholics believe that Earth is warming. But climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics, like the U.S. public as a whole, mainly along political party lines.

Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics

Seven-in-ten Americans rate him favorably, including two-thirds of those with no religious affiliation, a Pew Research Center poll finds.

Religion Mar. 5, 2015

In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow

Nearly two years into his papacy, Pope Francis continues to be widely popular: Seven-in-ten Americans view him favorably, including 90% of U.S. Catholics.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2015

5 facts about Catholicism in the Philippines

Next weekend, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the home of Asia’s largest Catholic population, the Philippines. The pontiff, who also will be making a stop in Sri Lanka, is very popular in the Philippines and should expect an enthusiastic welcome during his five-day visit. The Philippines’ Catholic majority has its origins in […]

Global Dec. 11, 2014

Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World

Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the globe. A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

Vatican synod on family highlights discord between church teachings and U.S. Catholics’ views

A Vatican synod on the family comes at a time when most American Catholics say they disagree with their church’s teachings on issues such as birth control and divorce.

Fact Tank Aug. 12, 2014

6 facts about South Korea’s growing Christian population

Pope Francis will travel to South Korea next week for Asian Youth Day, making his third international trip as pontiff. Here are six facts about Christianity in South Korea.

Fact Tank Apr. 24, 2014

Papal saints: Once a given, now extremely rare

During Catholicism’s first 500 years, 52 of the first 55 popes became saints. In the last 1,000 years, just seven popes have been made saints.