Biden is only the second Catholic president, but nearly all have been Christians
Although Catholicism has long been one of the largest U.S. religious groups, John F. Kennedy and Joe Biden are the only Catholic presidents.
Under Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals has become less European
With its newest additions, the College of Cardinals will have 128 voting members, 42% of whom are European, down from 52% in 2013.
8 key findings about Catholics and abortion
Like U.S. adults overall, the majority of U.S. Catholics say abortion should be legal – at least in some cases.
8 facts about Catholics and politics in the U.S.
Around half of Catholic registered voters describe themselves as Republicans, while 47% identify with the Democratic Party.
The Global God Divide
A median of 45% across 34 surveyed countries say it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. However, public opinion on this question, as well as the role of God, prayer and religion varies by country, region and economic development.
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics view Pope Francis favorably, though partisan differences persist
Americans’ opinions of Pope Francis have rebounded slightly after hitting an all-time low almost two years ago in the wake of abuse scandals.
Many Catholics in Latin America – including a majority in Brazil – support allowing priests to marry
In Brazil – home to the world’s largest Catholic population – a majority of Catholics are in favor of allowing priests to marry.
The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons
This Pew Research Center analysis harnesses computational techniques to identify, collect and analyze the sermons that U.S. churches livestream or share on their websites each week.
U.S. Catholics less likely than Protestants to express confidence in advice from clergy
Catholics have less confidence in their clergy's advice than Protestants – and are less likely to claim a close relationship with clergy.
Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ
Just 31% of U.S. Catholics believe that the bread and wine used in Communion become the body and blood of Christ. Nearly seven-in-ten say the Eucharist is symbolic.
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