Religion Sep. 12, 2013

U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Favorable Ratings

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis is rated favorably by 79% of U.S. Catholics. Just 4% say they have an unfavorable view of the pope, while 17% express no opinion or say they have not heard enough about Francis to have an opinion.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2013

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.

Religion Jun. 11, 2013

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.

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.

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. 5, 2013

Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady

Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.

Religion Feb. 21, 2013

U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope

Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.

Media & News Feb. 12, 2013

News Coverage of Pope Benedict XVI

Perhaps the most visible religious figure in the world, Pope Benedict has has been by far the central figure in mainstream religion coverage.