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 […]
Pope Francis’ big year
Pope Francis began this year as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine archbishop. He finishes it as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics
The pope’s popularity hasn't yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say it’s important for Pope Francis to tackle Vatican reform
Most Catholics say reforming the Vatican is an important priority for Pope Francis.
Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood
Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood - a position supported by a majority of Mormons.
CS Monitor: American Catholics like what they’re hearing from Pope Francis (+video)
Deseret News: U.S. Catholics really like Pope Francis
Six Months Into Papacy, Large Majority of Catholics Continue To Express Favorable View of Pope Francis
After six eventful months, Pope Francis is rated favorably by eight-in-ten U.S. Catholics (79%), largely unchanged since the days immediately following his ascension to the papacy.
Religious Leaders’ Views on Radical Life Extension
No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension. However, here are brief summaries of how some clergy, bioethicists and other scholars from 18 major American religious groups say their traditions might approach this evolving issue.