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.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

Catholics Say Pope Francis Is a Change for the Better

Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely seen as a force for positive change.

Media & News Mar. 6, 2014

Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ First Year

One year into Francis’ papacy, an analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the former Jesuit archbishop ranked among the top global newsmakers in major U.S.-based digital news outlets.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

How U.S. Catholics View Pope Francis: In Their Own Words

Fully 85% of adult Catholics in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of Pope Francis. We wanted to understand a little more about the popularity of the pope, so we asked respondents if they would be willing to elaborate on their answers to our survey questions.

Fact Tank Jan. 21, 2014

Pope Francis moves beyond Europe with first class of cardinals

Pope Francis named his first group of new cardinals,  often called “princes of the church,” last week. The 19 men will be formally appointed next month. Media reports have observed that Francis, the first pope from outside Europe in modern times, chose several cardinals from the developing world. Francis’ immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, selected […]