Pope Francis’ picks for the College of Cardinals have tilted the leadership structure away from its historic European base and toward countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Large numbers of Americans in many different religious groups express concern about fewer people getting married.
Most people in all six South and Southeast Asian countries surveyed say they believe in God or unseen beings.
In Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, more than 90% of Buddhists see strong links between their religion and country. In the neighboring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia, nearly all Muslims say being Muslim is important to being truly part of their nation.
Why some Americans prefer to go to religious services in person and others prefer to watch virtually
Some 17% of U.S. adults regularly attend religious services in person and watch them online or on TV.
Despite the Chinese Communist Party's ban on religion, some 6% of party members formally identify with a religion.
Based on formal religious identity, China is the least religious country in the world - with just 10% of Chinese adults self-identifying with a religion.
Only one-in-ten Chinese adults formally identify with a religion, but surveys indicate that religion plays a much bigger role in China when the definition is widened to include questions on spirituality, customs and traditional beliefs.
46% of Americans report that they’ve been visited by a dead family member in a dream, while 31% report having been visited by dead relatives in some other form.
A modest share of people around the world see the United States as more religious than other wealthy nations – despite considerable evidence that it is.